West Midlands UKIP MEP Mike Nattrass quits party

Mike Nattrass Mike Nattrass has been an MEP for the West Midlands since 2004

Related Stories

A UK Independence Party MEP has quit the party in protest at Nigel Farage's "totalitarian" leadership.

Mike Nattrass, a West Midlands MEP, has been involved in a legal row with the party hierarchy over his deselection as a UKIP candidate at next year's European elections.

He said only "cronies" of Mr Farage were being picked to stand.

"The process has been totally gerrymandered and fixed," he told Channel 4 News.

He added: "I belong to a party that now is totalitarian and it will not let the voter speak, because not only have they decided who will stand, they have also decided that the party members who should have a free vote will not get a free vote."

Mr Nattrass's constituency covered Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, the West Midlands and Worcestershire.

He could stand as an independent next year.

A UKIP spokesman said: "We understand that Mike Nattrass MEP is resigning from UKIP although we are only aware of this because of the interview this evening on Channel 4 news.

"I understand his disappointment at not being in the UKIP lists for the forthcoming election, but the shortlist was decided by a fair and comprehensive process and UKIP now has very many talented people coming forward, wishing to represent us."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More England stories


Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Audi R8Need for speed

    Audi unveils its fastest production car ever - ahead of its Geneva debut


  • A robot holding a table legClick Watch

    The robots who build flat-pack furniture - teaching machines to work collaboratively

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.