UKIP man elected to top party position

UKIP's deputy leader Paul Nuttall

UKIP's deputy leader Paul Nuttall

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North West Euro MP and UK Independence Party deputy leader Paul Nuttall has been appointed to head his party in the European Parliament.

He becomes head of the British Delegation of members of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group, of which all Ukip MEPs are members.

He has done a great job leading our MEPs in Brussels and Strasbourg and I intend to build on that to the very best of my ability

Mr Nuttall, MEP for the North West since 2009, replaces his East Midlands colleague Roger Helmer in the role.

He was appointed by his fellow Ukip MEPs.

The 39-year-old, a previous Ukip chairman, said: “I am delighted to accept this role and look forward to carrying on Roger’s work.

“He has done a great job leading our MEPs in Brussels and Strasbourg and I intend to build on that to the very best of my ability.

“Last year British voters sent far more Ukip MEPs to the European Parliament than any other party, sending a clear message that they were fed up being run by Brussels bureaucrats.”