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Etheridge drops out of UKIP leadership race

UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge has dropped out of the leadership race, warning against the risk of extremism within the party and what he called an obsession with Islam among some members.

Mr Etheridge called on “libertarian” candidates to unite against hard-liners using the party “as a vehicle for the views of the EDL and the BNP”.

He urged Nigel Farage to say which candidate he supports.

“Nigel is the man who more than anyone made this party grow,” Mr Etheridge said.

“But Nigel is silent. He needs to speak – the members need to know what Nigel thinks, we need to hear his voice.”

Speaking at a news conference at Wolves’ Molineux stadium, Mr Etheridge said the large number of contenders offered a better chance of success to fringe candidates.

Nigel Farage enjoys a Pint in South Thanet
Image: Nigel Farage is being urged to speak out in favour of a candidate

He said the front runners to lead UKIP, Sharia Watch director Ann Marie Waters – who was blocked from standing for UKIP at the general election because of her views on Islam – and London Assembly member Peter Whittle, were threatening to take the party in a “very dark” direction.

“We have always in this party stood against any form of racism, any form of discrimination. That’s who we are,” he said.

“Some of the comments that I have heard during just two unofficial hustings have frightened me.

“I find it genuinely scary that a serious political party is on the verge of going down this route.”

“I believe that a political party should have someone (as leader) who is more likely to have read Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations than the Koran.”

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall
Image: UKIP leader Paul Nuttall quit after the general election

Mr Etheridge said he would quit UKIP and serve as an independent MEP if Ms Waters or Mr Whittle succeeds Paul Nuttall.

UKIP’s popularity has collapsed and Mr Nuttall resigned after the general election, in which the party failed to win any seats.

Mr Nuttall said the party needed a new mission but would make sure that Brexit is implemented.

Alongside Mr Whittle and Ms Waters, the field of possible contenders includes: Scottish UKIP leader David Coburn, MEP Jane Collins, London Assembly member David Kurten, former UKIP councillor Ben Walker, former Kent police and crime commissioner candidate Henry Bolton, and direct democracy activist John Rees-Evans – who came third in the last contest.

The deadline for submitting the nominations is Friday, with the line-up of candidates that have been admitted announced a few days later.

The new leader will be announced at UKIP’s conference in Torquay on 29 September.

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Married teacher ‘performed sex act on underage boy in classroom to be kind’

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CAUGHT: Justine Nelson committed sex acts and sent nude selfies to a 14-year-old pupil

Justine Nelson, who has a young baby, claims she had no chance of saying no to the pupil – and her lawyer told the preliminary hearing that was because she was too kind.

The former middle school teacher will now stand trial on three charges in connection with an alleged affair with the student last year.

Karen CHRIS MURPHY

REVEALED: Justine admitted giving oral sex to the teenage lad two or three times at the school

A police officer said Nelson admitted giving oral sex to the teenage lad two or three times inside her classroom at Tenaya Middle School, in Fresno, California, after school.

She also told investigators she sent the underage boy nude photographs of herself, the judge was informed by Det Sylvia Martinez.

The ex-teacher’s lawyer then stunned the court with a vigorous defence of his client.

Roger Nuttall claimed during the hearing to decide if there was enough evidence for the case to go to trial, that the teenager had used “psychological and emotional manipulation” to force Nelson into the sex acts.

“He threatened to ruin her life,” Nuttall added.

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ACCUSATION: Justine claimed the teenager used ‘psychological and emotional manipulation’ on her

At the end of the hearing, Judge Gary Hoff ordered the 31-year-old to stand trial on one felony count of lewd or lascivious acts with a minor, and two felony counts of oral copulation.

Prosecutor Matt Johnson told the court it all happened between March and May last year when the boy was a student at Tenaya Middle School.

Mr Johnson said he was 13 years old when sex acts began – something that is in dispute between the two sides.

Nelson had been arrested last September and is presently free on $130,000 bail. Her husband had attended the court.

Police were tipped off after nude photos of the former teacher appeared on the lad’s social media site.

After the hearing, Mr Nuttall said his client was a good teacher, but sometimes “too friendly” with students.

Tenaya Middle School, in CaliforniaCHRIS MURPHY

ASSAULT: The sex acts took place at Tenaya Middle School, in California in Justine’s classroom

She would buy students things and offer to give them a ride home from school, he said.

“She wanted to be their buddy,” Nuttall said.

“But when they do that, it’s dangerous, because some of them will take advantage of you.”

He said the teenager apparently came from an unhappy home and Nelson wanted to help him.

One day the boy demanded a kiss, Nuttall said. If she didn’t kiss him, the boy told Nelson he would call authorities and they would take away her baby, Nuttall said.

From there, he would go to her classroom after school and demanding oral sex and nude photographs of her, Nuttall said.

Teacher struck off after telling pupil he would like to see her sunbathe topless

A maths teacher who said he wanted to see a female pupil sunbathe topless has been banned from the classroom.

Geoffrey Nuttall, a former teacher at Canon Slade school in Bolton, was struck off following an educational misconduct hearing.

Mr Nuttall, who was a teacher at the school since 2002 before resigning two years ago, was found to have contacted the girl on Facebook, Whatsapp, email and via text message.

He accepted his behaviour showed a ‘lack of judgement’ but denied it was sexually motivated, a claim the panel agreed with.

The panel ruled that Mr Nuttall’s actions were ‘motivated by a misplaced desire’ to help the girl, which represented a breach of trust.

In messages on Facebook, the girl said she would look ‘hideous’ in a bikini.

In reply Mr Nuttall, 40, said: “Well go topless then, no one’ll notice.”

After saying no-one would want to see her in a bikini, Mr Nuttall replied: “I would.”

Another message Mr Nuttall sent to the girl said: “Rubbish although I’d prefer you in just bikini bottoms :)”

Mr Nuttall said he wanted to reassure the girl about her body image and that he did not want her to think that she was being rejected.

He accepted that he had communicated with the girl from March 2014 via the school email system, and sent messages on social media in May that year.

There was further contact on Facebook on at least one occasion in August 2015, and in March last year, when Mr Nuttall knew the girl was a child.

In May 2014, the girl’s parents discovered that Mr Nuttall had been sending their daughter messages, and reported it to the school.

He was interviewed by the police shortly after but no action was taken.

According to the report by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, the girl’s father said at first he believed the messages were innocuous and that Mr Nuttall was trying to help boost her confidence.

But the father said he was alarmed when discovering the messages about topless sunbathing.

In February 2015 the school conducted an internal investigation, and Mr Nuttall resigned.

The report also stated that Mr Nuttall was an otherwise ‘passionate’ teacher who wanted to help pupils with their learning.

Mr Nuttall was made subject of a prohibition order, preventing him from teaching indefinitely.

He may apply for a review of the order in two years.

A report by panel member Alan Meyrick, on behalf of the Education Secretary, states: “He (Mr Nuttall) acted beyond his capabilities and demonstrated a disregard of the School’s policies and procedures.

“He showed poor judgement and this led to him breaching his position of trust and transgressing the appropriate professional boundaries between teachers and pupils.”

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage leadership latest

The former leader of Ukip Nigel Farage says he will not be standing for the job – for now.

The man credited with forcing a Brexit referendum and who remains an MEP in the south east region said he could be tempted by a return to “the front line” if political leaders did not deliver a “full and proper” Brexit.

But he said standing in the contest to replace Paul Nuttall as leader would be “premature”.

Nigel Farage is not planning to enter the race to become Ukip's next leader

Nigel Farage is not planning to enter the race to become Ukip’s next leader

Mr Nuttall stepped down as UKIP leader after the party’s poor general election performance.

UKIP failed to win a single seat in Parliament and its vote share slumped to 1.8%, down almost 11% on its 2015 result.

In Kent – where the party has had some success – the election saw its vote share plummet by a staggering 62%.

In a newspaper article outlining the reasons for his decision, he said:”It is already something of an ongoing joke about the number of times I have stood for the leadership and resigned.”

“To return now would be premature. But I’m still committed to the great Brexit battle and I will continue in my role as the leader of a group in the European Parliament, overseeing the Brexit process.”

There has been some speculation that in Mr Farage’s absence, the leader of Thanet council Chris Wells, may run.

However, he could not be contacted.

Nigel Farage rules out UKIP leader bid – for now

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Image caption Nigel Farage has not ruled out a return to “the front line of politics”

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said he will not stand in the party’s forthcoming leadership contest.

Writing in the Telegraph, Mr Farage did not rule out a return to “the front line” if political leaders did not deliver a “full and proper” Brexit.

But he said standing in the contest to replace Paul Nuttall would be “premature”.

Mr Nuttall stepped down as UKIP leader following the party’s poor showing in the general election.

UKIP failed to win a single seat in Parliament and its vote share slumped to 1.8%, down almost 11% on its 2015 result.

“It is already something of an ongoing joke about the number of times I have stood for the leadership and resigned,” Mr Farage wrote.

“To return now would be premature. But I’m still committed to the great Brexit battle and I will continue in my role as the leader of a group in the European Parliament, overseeing the Brexit process.”

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Image caption Nigel Farage first became UKIP leader in 2006

He added: “Of course I want a full and proper Brexit, and if in 2019 we reach the end of the Article 50 process and a huge gap is left, whether that is not taking back our fishing rights, the continuation of free movement or still paying Brussels too much money, I would not hesitate in throwing myself back into the front line of domestic politics.”

But he warned that UKIP needed to “sort itself out and make the changes necessary to become a professional, modern political party”, or “another vehicle will then come along to replace it”.

Three times a leader

Mr Farage was first elected as leader of UKIP in 2006.

He stepped aside in 2009 to mount an unsuccessful challenge to Speaker John Bercow in his Buckingham seat in the 2010 general election.

UKIP polled just 3.1% nationally in 2010 and his successor at the helm, peer Lord Pearson of Rannoch, quit after the election. Mr Farage contested and won another leadership contest.

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Image caption Paul Nuttall quit as leader after UKIP’s vote collapsed in the general election

In 2015, he failed in another bid for a Commons seat in South Thanet and stepped down again – then surprised some in the party by announcing that he had changed his mind after being “persuaded” by “overwhelming” evidence from UKIP members that they wanted him to remain leader.

After the Leave victory in the 2016 EU referendum, Mr Farage again stood down as leader. This time his successor, Diane James, lasted just 18 days before resigning, with Mr Nuttall winning the subsequent leadership contest.

UKIP leaders have struggled in the past to convince voters that they have a coherent set of policies beyond leaving the EU and curbing immigration.

UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge, who ran for the leadership last year, said: “I am disappointed Nigel is not standing but it means it is more important than ever to have a candidate on the ballot paper with fresh ideas for the party.

“The last three elections have been a disaster for UKIP and what we must not have is someone who was at the centre of that mess to become the new leader.”

Thanet council leader Chris Wells could stand as Ukip leader

The leader of Thanet council says he is keeping open the prospect of standing as a candidate to lead Ukip.

Cllr Chris Wells said he would not put his name forward if the former leader Nigel Farage indicated that he was preparing to enter the fray.

Paul Nuttall quit as leader after a dismal set of results in the election and claims by Mr Farage the fight for South Thanet was a two-way battle between Labour and UKIP.

Chris Wells Thanet District Council leader

Chris Wells Thanet District Council leader

Mr Nuttall’s decision has triggered the third election for a leader in a year.

Mr Wells said if the former leader declined to stand he would consider putting his name forward.

“If Nigel Farage decides he will enter the race, then I won’t,” he said.

“We do need to find another focus other than Brexit and for me, that would be adult social care.”

Nigel Farage could return to lead Ukip

Nigel Farage could return to lead Ukip

The party has seen its popularity sink with a 62% fall in the number of people who voted for it this election compared to 2015 in Kent.

In South Thanet, the party slumped with Conservative Craig Mackinlay trebling his majority.

Mr Farage said he believed that Theresa May was on borrowed time and has warned that the appointment of Ashford MP Damian Green is a sign the government is heading for a soft Brexit.

On Theresa May he said: “She is fatally damaged and it is just a question of time. It might all happen more quickly than we think.”

Election results 2017: Paul Nuttall quits as UKIP leader

Paul Nuttall

UKIP‘s Paul Nuttall has stood down as leader of the party after it failed to win any seats in the general election.

He has resigned with immediate effect, leaving Pete Whittle, London Assembly member, as acting leader.

Mr Nuttall took 3,308 votes in Boston and Skegness – more than 10,000 fewer votes than the party’s result in 2015.

He said it was clear “UKIP requires a new focus and new ideas” but was confident it had a “great future”.

Mr Nuttall said the party was more relevant than ever and would continue to be “the guard dogs of Brexit“.

“The prime minister, and I suspect it will be a Tory, must know that if they begin to backtrack or barter things away then they must know they will be punished at the ballot box and that will only happen if UKIP is electorally viable and strong.

“We are in effect the country’s insurance policy on Brexit,” he said.

Mr Nuttall took over from Nigel Farage as leader of UKIP last November.

Paul Nuttall resigns as UKIP leader

Paul Nuttall has resigned as UKIP leader, saying the party has been “a victim of its own success”.

UKIP had been hoping to make gains but it failed to win a single seat as its vote share plunged by 10.8%.

Mr Nuttall, who came third in Boston and Skegness, said he had left the foundations for a new leader and insisted UKIP was “still on the pitch” and “more relevant than ever”.

He said “a new era must begin with a new leader”, adding the party would be the “guard dogs of Brexit“.

Mr Nuttall added: “It is clear that UKIP requires a new focus, new ideas and a new energy – and it is there amongst out ranks.”

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage praised Mr Nuttall for an “excellent speech” and said he was “very sorry” about his departure.

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General election campaign resumes after London terror attack

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The general election campaign is resuming in earnest after Saturday’s London terror attack, with the parties setting out their security credentials.

Prime Minister Theresa May will return to her core theme of leadership after being criticised by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn over police cuts.

The leaders suspended the campaign after the London Bridge attack, in which seven people died.

But Mrs May confirmed the election would go ahead as planned on Thursday.

She will chair a meeting of senior ministers and security chiefs at the government’s emergency Cobra committee on Monday morning.

Downing Street sources said she would deliver a speech as full campaigning restarted, pledging the “leadership” needed to keep the country secure from terrorism, strike a Brexit deal, and manage the economy.

On Sunday she called for new measures to tackle extremism, including online, saying in a speech outside No 10 that “enough is enough”.


Security firmly on the table

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg

Voters choose their political parties for all sorts of different reasons.

But as this strange election hurtles towards its close, the demand of who can keep the country safe is firmly on the table.

For Theresa May that doesn’t just mean questions over how she would counter extremism if she stays in power.

But she faces criticism too over the Tories’ record on squeezing money for the police.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has repeated his promise to reverse the cuts and slammed the Tories tonight, warning the government could not “protect the public on the cheap”.

He also tried to counter perceptions that he is soft on security, including his earlier stance on shoot to kill, which he questioned days after the Paris attack at the Bataclan.

He said, if he were prime minister he would take “whatever action is necessary and effective” to protect the public.

After a brief pause, the election campaign is well and truly back, even with a more subdued tone, and with security as its subject.

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Mr Corbyn declared an end to the pause in Labour’s campaign with a speech on Sunday evening attacking the government over police cuts and accusing the government of “suppressing” a report into the foreign funding of extremist groups.

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Media captionCorbyn: You can’t protect people ‘on the cheap’

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Media captionPrime Minister Theresa May: “Enough is enough’

Most of the parties suspended their national campaigns over the weekend, although UKIP‘s continued, with leader Paul Nuttall saying that stopping would be “precisely what the extremists would want us to do”.

Mr Nuttall appeared on a Question Time general election special on Sunday night, as did Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley, with security and terrorism both featuring heavily.

Mr Nuttall called for 20,000 more police officers on UK streets, and for a review of funding of mosques in Britain, and Mr Bartley said the Prevent counter-radicalisation strategy should be scrapped.

General election 2017: Greens and UKIP grilled on terror policy

Paul Nuttall and Jonathan Bartley

Security and terrorism policy featured strongly as the Green Party and UKIP leaders faced a Question Time audience.

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall called for 20,000 more police officers on UK streets, and for a review of funding of mosques in Britain.

Green co-leader Jonathan Bartley said the Prevent counter-radicalisation strategy should be scrapped.

The Bristol Q&A was the latest in a series of special shows ahead of Thursday’s general election.

It took place the day after the London Bridge terror attack, which killed seven people and injured 48.

Mr Nuttall, who has previously stated that detention without trial should not be ruled out for terror suspects, said a return of control orders and tagging should also be considered.

“Politician after politician” had refused to acknowledge the problem of radical Islam, he said.

“It’s not about Muslims,” he said, “Islamism is a political ideology”.

But a woman in the audience said he was actually “grouping” all Muslims together with policies like UKIP’s proposed burka ban, and another audience member suggested his comments were fuelling radicalisation.

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Media captionUKIP’s leader on the London attacks and more police on UK streets

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Media captionGreen Party co-leader on de-radicalisation policy after terror attacks

“We’ve got to say to these people Islamism is not welcome in this country,” Mr Nuttall replied.

Mr Nuttall, who is seeking to gain his party a foothold in Westminster after its sole MP quit the party, also backed the Prevent strategy and called for an investigation into the Saudi funding of UK mosques.

Appearing separately on stage, Green Party of England and Wales co-leader Jonathan Bartley called for a UK arms embargo on Saudi Arabia, but did not support Prevent.

“It is clearly toxic to some communities,” he said.

“It is alienating some communities and therefore we are not getting to the root of radicalisation, not building bridges we need. We are not getting the intelligence that we need.”

Migration and NHS

Mr Bartley, whose party had one MP in the previous Parliament, echoed attacks on cuts to police numbers, saying they threatened the British tradition of community policing and “policing by consent”.

Pressed on whether he would authorise a drone strike on a jihadist overseas, he said he would look at it on a case-by-case basis, but warned: “Those incidents have consequences for radicalisation”.

The two politicians were also quizzed on their wider policies.

These included the Greens’ pledge for a four-day week – Mr Bartley jokingly told the audience it would help them avoid the “Sunday night feeling” and said it would help deal with the effects of “automation” in certain sectors.

Mr Nuttall was asked whether his proposed post-Brexit migration crackdown was a “danger” to the NHS.

He dismissed this, saying the government should assure all EU migrants working in the NHS that they can stay in the UK and calling for the foreign aid budget to be “slashed” to increase funding for the health service.