Wales politics

UKIP members to decide fate of Wales leader Nathan Gill

Nathan Gill
Image caption A UKIP source claims the row over Nathan Gill is part of a battle for the party's ideology

UKIP members in Wales will vote on whether their leader should be allowed to continue in his two elected roles.

Nathan Gill said he would quit as an MEP if elected as an AM, but with no UKIP member to replace him he said he did not want to force a by-election.

The party's ruling National Executive Committee had threatened him with expulsion if he did not resign from one of the posts by Sunday.

But on Monday it voted to put the matter to the membership.

UKIP chairman Paul Oakden told BBC Wales it was the right thing to do.

Mr Gill did not respond to the request to step down by the deadline so was briefly expelled from the party.

But the NEC voted to reinstate him and let members decide his fate.

Mr Oakden said: "The NEC believes, as I do, that members in Wales are the best people to make this decision.

"I will now decide how to do this fairly, cleanly and as soon as possible."

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