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UKIP's Paul Nuttall to stand down as deputy

Paul Nuttall Credit: PA Images

Ukip's deputy leader Paul Nuttall has ruled himself out of the race to replace Nigel Farage and announced he will stand down from his current position.

Mr Nuttall, who was viewed as one of the favourites to succeed Mr Farage, said he had achieved his objectives following the Brexit vote.

The North West England MEP said he would keep his seat in the European Parliament during the talks on leaving the EU.

Speaking at the party's North West conference in Liverpool, he said he would stay in my role as deputy leader of the party until the national conference.

"I have been at the forefront of the campaign to leave the European Union for a decade now, and I believe I can step aside with my objective achieved and my head held high."

– Paul Nuttall MEP