UK Independence Party leader Paul Nuttall has said he’ll need time in order to sort out the “mess” that his party is in, calling for the group to “stick together” following a string of inner-party conflicts.
Senior UKIP figures have clashed in recent months, particularly after Nuttall suffered a defeat in the Stoke by-election, while ex-leader Nigel Farage and MP Douglas Carswell are the latest to endure a public row.
Nuttall appeared on BBC’s Andrew Marr Show and defended the current state of the party, pleading with members to give him time to sort out the party’s infighting:
“UKIP needs to be professionalised. Give me time to sort out this mess.”
Nuttall was elected to become UKIP leader in November 2016 after receiving more than 63 percent of the vote, and the 40-year-old has indicated he plans on contesting the next UK general election as party leader.