UKIP Leader Gerard Batten has announced he will be standing down as the leader of the party following the European Elections on June 2.
Mr Batten, 65 who was praised by many for backing the working-class, the fight to free Tommy Robinson and questioning Islam’s archaic views, announced the news today and said that a leadership election will take place after he steps down, Batten has not yet revealed if he will stand again.
Gerard, who faced mainstream media hatchet jobs and smears, never once faltered in his support for Tommy Robinson or bringing Grooming Gangs back into the spotlight.
His departure follows promises that he would only stand for no longer than a year.
Politicalite can reveal that several party insiders had been growing increasingly angry at Mr Batten’s refusal to call a leadership election and the way in which his MEP list was selected.
Batten helped rebuild UKIP after following the disastrous tenure of the former leader, Henry Bolton – who was ousted by party members after his affair with a topless glamour model.
UKIP did not perform as well as expected in the Local Elections, losing 36 seats, that’s 80% of their seats.
The latest polls show that UKIP is polling at around 5% for the upcoming European Parliament elections, whilst Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party is tipped to win the vote.