Paull Nuttall, the leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), has resigned following today’s election result.
Nuttall, who has led the party for seven months, failed to win a single seat in parliament when the results for Boston and Skegness were announced at 3.35am.
UKIP gained only two percent of the vote nationally.
Mr Nuttall won 3,308 votes and was beaten by both Labour (27,271 votes) and by the winner of that constituency, Conservative.
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In his speech as he was stepping down, he maintained that he saw UKIP as the ‘guard dogs of Brexit’ which still have a vital role.
Nuttall has stood unsuccessfully for UKIP five times in parliamentary elections since 2005, of which his best result was finishing second in the Stoke-on-Trent by-election in 2017.
in 2014, Douglas Carswell won one seat in Parliament for UKIP in the Clacton by-election, and this was lost with a landslide Conservative win.