Exclusive: UKIP has become a cult to Nigel Farage, says ex-deputy leader
UKIP leader Nigel Farage and his party have come under savage attack from former deputy leader and party chairman David Campbell-Bannerman MEP.
Speaking to LondonlovesBusiness.com, Campbell-Bannerman said that UKIP had “become a bit of a cult”.
“What is concerning about UKIP is it has become very much a one-man band and a bit of a cult. There is a followership and even the constitution has been changed to favour pro-leader candidates. I don’t think that’s healthy,” he said.
Campbell-Bannerman moved from the Tories to join UKIP in 2004, rising to become party chairman and then served as deputy leader until 2010, before finally moving back to the Tories in 2011.
Campbell-Bannerman made his comments just hours after Prime Minister David Cameron’s keynote speech on Britain’s place in the EU, in which he promised a referendum if elected with a majority in 2015.
He went on to deride UKIP as a “pressure party” that “uses votes to bring pressure on the single issue of the EU”. Campbell-Bannerman praised Cameron’s move for “taking the EU issue away from UKIP”, saying “it will make life difficult for UKIP”.
“There are a number of UKIP MEPs who should be deeply worried about the future,” he added.
After Cameron’s pledge to offer an EU referendum, Campbell-Bannerman called on UKIP to stop “getting in the way” and give the Conservatives heir support.
“That is the best use of UKIP’s resources and time rather than getting in the way and actually losing Conservative seats in very tight marginal seats, because that is not productive.
“The battle has now shifted to the referendum. We’ve got the referendum pledge. The battle now is about fighting that referendum and actually being on the same side.”
LondonlovesBusiness.com tried to contact Nigel Farage but neither he, nor a spokesman for the party, were available for comment.
Read our full interview with Tory MEP David Campbell-Bannerman here: “We can’t wait 30 years for a UKIP government, Cameron’s referendum is monumental!”
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