FORMER Ukip leader Nigel Farage has announced his decision to leave the party.
By LATIFA YEDROUDJ
Tue, Dec 4, 2018
Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Farage said: “And so, with a heavy heart, and after all my years of devotion to the party, I am leaving Ukip today. There is a huge space for a Brexit party in British politics, but it won’t be filled by Ukip.
Mr Farage said Ukip is now “unrecognisable” since he joined the party in 1993.
The former Ukip leader explained how his party was too “obsessed with Islam and Tommy Robinson”, deviating from Ukip’s agenda which aimed to focus on fighting elections.
Mr Farage added: “My message was very simple: one of the reasons for Ukip’s success was that we’d excluded extremists and focussed on organising and fighting elections.
“I warned that any change to this policy would damage the party beyond repair.
Mr Farage recalled the time he spoke at a Gala dinner during the Annual Ukip Conference in Birmingham this year, explaining how it was a changing moment for him.
He said: “As I walked back to my seat, I was met by several angry young men, red in the face and mildly abusive, who all seemed to be obsessed with Islam and Tommy Robinson.
“I wondered at that time if I’d just given my last Ukip speech.
Mr Farage explained how Ukip’s direction had changed significantly ever since Gerard Batten was appointed leader, dismissing members for being more “obssessed” with street marches than taking action at the ballot box.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph, he said: “The party of elections is quickly becoming a party of street activism, with our members being urged to attend marches rather than taking the fight to the ballot box.”
Mr Farage blasted Mr Batten for hiring former English Defence League leader as his adviser, warning his entourage was simply a group of “violent criminals”, some of who were convicted for serious offences.
One of them is Daniel Thompson, a convicted armed kidnapper, who was pictured at a planned Ukip rally meeting scheduled for this Sunday.