In his victory speech, Mr Nuttall said: ‘The country needs a strong Ukip more now than ever before, for if Ukip ceases to be an electoral force, there will be no impetus on Theresa May and her Government to give us real Brexit and we will end up with some mealy-mouthed, backsliding version,’ he said.
‘This will be a betrayal of the British people and a united Ukip under my leadership will never, ever allow that to happen.’
He made clear his sights are on poaching votes from Labour, arguing that the party under Jeremy Corbyn was more interested in ‘dinner party’ topics like climate change and fair trade than the interests of their working class voters, such as immigration and social mobility.
The new Ukip leader said: ‘Today the Labour Party has ceased to speak the language or address the issues of working people,’ he said. ‘I want to replace the Labour Party.’
‘They have a leader who will not sing the national anthem, a shadow chancellor who seems to admire the IRA more than he does the British Army, a shadow foreign secretary who sneers at the English flag and a shadow home secretary who seems to advocate unlimited immigration.’