Local MEP Paul Nuttall has been elected as the new leader of the UK Independence Party.
His selection, with 62.6% of the vote from UKIP members, was announced today (Mon) in London where Mr Nuttall vowed to unite the party and lead it to even greater success.
Mr Nuttall, former deputy party leader, spoke of wanting UKIP to replace the Labour Party “as the patriotic voice of working people.”
And he promised to put “the great back into Britain” and to hold the government’s feet to the fire to ensure “Brexit really does mean Brexit.”
Speaking later Mr Nuttall promised the people of Cumbria that although he now has the task of leading the party to election success all over the country he will still be performing his role as the area’s MEP.
“I have attended various UKIP and public meetings this this area over the years and have always been impressed by the hard work and commitment shown by members.
“The Labour Party is rightly concerned about us taking their traditional supporters and Cumbria is firmly in our sights,” he said.
“We will be focusing on the issues that really matter to working class people – crime, immigration, defence and ensuring that British people are at the top of the queue in the job market.”
He pointed out that UKIP has 500 councillors all over the country and described councillors “as the gateway to Westminster and a tremendous platform on which to build.”