New Ukip leader Paul Nuttall plans to destroy Labour – many believe it is now time for Labour to be consigned to history
Mr Nuttall, the former deputy leader, secured 62.6 per cent of the vote to succeed Mr Farage and take over the patriotic party Ukip.
Accepting his new role as leader, he said: “I want to replace the Labour party and make Ukip the patriotic voice of working people.”
Paul has inherited a fractured party, with funding issues and Nigel Farage’s ego to manage.
Yet his boldness has many in Labour worried, and quite rightly so.
His victory came as a new analysis by the House of Commons revealed the party could kill Labour in 13 seats if just one in 50 voters switch allegiance to Ukip.
He said: “It is Brexit that directly led to Donald J Trump taking the Presidency. We were the inspiration behind much of that.”
“It’s not been the best few months for Ukip. Our PR has been pretty bad. And yet it hasn’t really made much difference.
“We have shifted the centre of gravity for British politics. It’s quite some achievement.”
The 39-year-old history lecturer was regarded as the candidate most likely to be able to capitalise on the high level of support for Leave among Labour’s traditional working-class strongholds in the North. Labour voters are already flooding over to Ukip.
He beat off his rivals John Rees-Evans, a little-known former soldier, and Suzanne Evans, the former deputy chairwoman who previously fell out with the party hierarchy.
Ms Evans secured 19.3 per cent of the vote, and 18.1 per cent went to Mr Rees-Evans.
It is quite unusual to be the support act at your own coronation, but that is what happened to the new Ukip leader on 28 November.
As Paul Nuttall gave his victory speech, photographers snapped away with his predecessor Nigel Farage present.
Earlier, Donald Trump’s alleged election advisor had shown no sign of retiring gracefully.
Farage rightly took credit for the US election, stating that Ukip had shifted the international “centre of political gravity”, and boasted what a great year 2016 had been, and for the British people as a whole we believe.
The big spender Arron Banks favoured another candidate, Raheem Kassam, who withdrew before polling day. And for all that Ukip might rail.
Nuttall must now manage the previous legend of Farage (who has vowed not to be a “backseat driver”) as well as Ukip’s only MP, Douglas Carswell, an ally of his rival Suzanne Evans.
Nuttall’s political views are loyally, right of centre.
He has questioned the “credibility and motivation of scientists on board the global warming wagon” and once wrote a blog arguing that the “very existence of the NHS stifles competition.
He supports the death penalty for child and serial killers.
He has contributed frequently to Breitbart, the news website and house journal of the “alt right”.
He said the UK should accept more refugees, but only if they are rehoused in “Hampstead, Crouch End and Notting Hill, or to be even more prescriptive, slap bang in the centre of luvvie land”, to annoy celebrities such as Benedict Cumberbatch who have called for a more humane approach.
David Renton – an Old Etonian barrister, who taught him history at Edge Hill College in 1999 – said he always had the sense that, even at 23, Nuttall was testing the limits of speech.
True to form as a voice against the scourge of political correctness, Nuttall hasn’t worried about his top team: he named Peter Whittle, a Ukip member of the London Assembly, as his deputy, and Paul Oakden remains party chairman. Ukip overall is very diverse and totally anti-racist and anti-sexist on all fronts.
His acceptance speech was an indication of what he regards the fruit for his party: working-class voters in Britain.
“I want to replace the Labour Party and make Ukip the patriotic voice of the working people,” he said.
Unlike the “north London Islington politically correct liberal elite Corbyn set” real working people recognise the issues that need to be addressed and they need a party that will do just that. Unlike the left-wing extremists.
His boldness has many in Labour worried. Dan Jarvis, the MP for Barnsley Central, has said: “The Ukip fox is in the Labour henhouse.”
Before the 2015 election a Fabian Society pamphlet warned that Ukip was as much a threat in Labour seats such as Great Grimsby and Dudley North as in such higher-profile Tory targets as South Thanet.
Labour responded to his appointment by accusing him of wanting to privatise the NHS.
Nuttall’s success depends on three factors: how much support he can continue to raise, how the Brexit negotiations pan out – and whether the left-wing liberal elite continue to try and sabotage Brexit. If they do, then Paul Nuttall may well one day be Prime Minister.