Ukip deputy: 'I won't stand to replace Farage as leader'

Farage and Nutall at a Ukip event Credit: PA

Ukip's deputy leader Paul Nuttall has said he won't be bidding to replace Nigel Farage as the head of the party and also plans to step 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.

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

The North West England MEP said he would keep his seat in the European Parliament to "hold the Government's feet to the fire" during the talks on leaving the EU.