Ukip in crisis: Ex leadership contender slams party’s policies on FGM and Muslim schools

26 Apr

Mr Etheridge said: “This policy has aspects to it that I find very troubling and I won’t be supporting the forced checking of young girls and the immediate ban on new faith schools just for one faith. 

“I believe in allowing people freedom within reason. I certainly don’t believe in an authoritarian policy towards this and I find, unfortunately, this policy has authoritarian overtones, not undertones. 

“I want to make it absolutely crystal clear that regardless of whether the party leadership and the handful of advisors move us in a more authoritarian direction I won’t change, I always stand by my principles.

“Whether people like them is entirely up to them. But I won’t lie and I won’t pretend that I like a policy that’s as serious as this.” 

Despite the extraordinary public rift with the party leadership, the man who once coveted the Ukip crown said he would not be following his colleague Mr Carver’s lead and quitting his post as defence spokesman. 

He said: “I don’t set the policies for the party, and I’m still a member of Ukip and I’m proud to be so. 

“I’ve got no intention of leaving or quitting as a spokesman. I still support Paul, I simply don’t like certain aspects of this policy.”  

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