Ukip's Patrick O'Flynn has launched a stunning attack on Nigel Farage, describing his party leader as a "snarling, thin-skinned, aggressive" man.
In an interview with The Times (£), Mr O'Flynn, the party's campaign chief and economics spokesman, accused Mr Farage of turning Ukip into a "personality cult".
He said Mr Farage is no longer the "cheerful, ebullient, cheeky, daring" politician of recent times and claimed that his behaviour risked the party being seen as an "absolute monarchy".
What’s happened since Thursday night, Friday morning has certainly laid us open to the charge that this looks like an absolutist monarchy or a personality cult.
I don’t think that even Nigel would say it’s been the most glorious chapter of his leadership.
He blamed Mr Farage's "aggressive" and "inexperienced" advisers and called for a "much more consultative and consensual leadership style".
Mr O'Flynn's comments come after Mr Farage was widely mocked for resigning as leader after failing to win the South Thanet seat he stood for in the General Election, only to be reinstated three days later after the party's National Executive Committee rejected his resignation.
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