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Farage: Neil Hamilton 'too old' for frontline politics

Nigel Farage has suggested UKIP's Neil Hamilton may be too old to be a frontline politician.

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67-year-old Hamilton re-ignited his political career last week, winning a seat on the Welsh Assembly.

He then went on to successfully challenge Welsh party leader Nathan Gill for leadership of its seven-strong group of AMs.

But his return was met with hostility by the national party leader Nigel Farage, who said the treatment of Mr Gill had been 'unjust' and an act of 'deep ingratitude'.

The public animosity between two of UKIP's most senior figures shows no sign of stopping Credit: PA

In a fresh attack, Mr Farage questioned whether Mr Hamilton was young enough to take on the role.

Speaking to LBC radio he said Hamilton was 'getting on a bit'.

I personally was not particularly in favour of Mr Hamilton's return to the front line, aged nearly 70. But there you are, he's there, people have voted for him.

I think it is difficult to return to frontline politics after a 20 year gap when you are getting on a bit in years. But there you are, perhaps he'll surprise me.

One thing I will say, he is utterly committed to this EU case and he has been since the 1960s.

– Nigel Farage, UKIP leader

Earlier this week the secretary of UKIP Wales resigned, saying he was 'appalled' by the appointment of the former Conservative AM.

Watch our full interview with Neil Hamilton here.

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