Paul Nuttall could be the man to replace Farage as next UKIP leader, with Suzanne Evans and Douglas Carswell in the frame
Nigel Farage made the unexpected statement that he was standing down as leader of the UKIP Party on Monday, with the MEP standing down in order to “get his life back”.
“My aim in politics was to get Britain out of the European Union,” he said.
“That is what we voted for in that referendum two weeks ago, and that is why I now feel that I’ve done my bit, that I couldn’t possibly achieve more.
“And so I feel it’s right that I should now stand aside as leader of UKIP.
“I won’t be changing my mind again – I can promise you.
“During the referendum campaign I said ‘I want my country back’. What I’m saying today is: ‘I want my life back’.”
Farage played a major role in the Leave campaign, largely on an unofficial basis, with the outspoken politician causing controversy with propaganda that had parallels with Nazi marketing.
Now UKIP search for a new leader and the bookies have installed Douglas Carswell as favourite, with Paddy Power and William Hill among those firms who think that the party’s only MP is the one to beat.
However, it has been suggested that Carswell won’t want to be leader of the party in addition to being a serving politician, with Suzanne Evans available at 5/2 with Paddy Power.
The issue with Evans is that she is currently suspended by the party and it might be a leap of fancy for her to return to the party fold and then lead it.
Paul Nuttall looks like a more interesting candidate at 4/1. The scouser has recently spoken well on programmes such as Question Time and is already deputy leader of UKIP.
It’s clear that he can relate to working class communities in places such as Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle, with Nuttall likely to be among the candidates standing to be leader.
Steven Woolfe is another candidate who could be in the running, with the MEP being appointed to Farage’s team on senior spokespeople in 2010.