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'Today is the day to put the Ukip jigsaw back together'

Nigel Farage hands the leadership mantle over to Nuttall. Credit: PA

New Ukip leader Paul Nuttall has vowed to unite the party and "put the Ukip jigsaw back together".

He said he would "build a team of talent from all wings of the party" to "put the Great back into Britain".

And he added anyone not wanting to unify would see their days as a Ukip member coming to an end.


Paul Nuttall elected new Ukip leader

Credit: PA

Paul Nuttall has been elected new leader of Ukip.

The party's former deputy leader Paul Nuttall was the bookies' favourite to win and scooped 62% of the vote.

He beat off competition from ex-deputy chairman Suzanne Evans and former soldier John Rees-Evans.

The current contest was triggered after Diane James spectacularly stepped down last month, just 18 days after being elected to replace Nigel Farage.


Peter Whittle pulls out of the race to become Ukip leader

Peter Whittle (R) has called on his supporters to now back Paul Nuttall (L) instead. Credit: Facebook/Peter Whittle

Peter Whittle has withdrawn from the race to become the next leader of the Ukip.

Writing on Facebook, Mr Whittle said he had come to the decision after "a great deal of thought".

"To meet the new challenges which the future holds, UKIP needs a leader who knows the party inside out and who can command the loyalty of members across the board."

He also recommended that his supporters vote for Paul Nuttall as he now believes him to be "the person who is best placed to take us forward".

Mr Whittle's departure leaves Mr Nuttall and Suzanne Evans as the main candidates left in the leadership race.

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