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Ukip picks tax consultant who lists Nazi Germany among his hobbies as its new leader

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Ukip picks Freddy Vachha, a tax consultant who lists ‘Nazi Germany’ and the ‘Belgian Congo Holocaust’ among his hobbies as its new leader

  • Freddy Vachha warned ‘sinning’  Westminster politicians to ‘watch out’ 
  • Gave first speech in front of the statue of Winston Churchill outside Parliament
  • He is Ukip’s sixth leader in four years as it has struggled to remain relevant 

Ukip today unveiled a tax consultant who lists ‘Nazi Germany‘ among his hobbies as its new leader.

Freddy Vachha warned Westminster politicians to ‘watch out’ as he gave his first speech in front of the statue of Winston Churchill outside Parliament.

The former London regional organiser is the party’s sixth leader in just four years  and he admitted the party which won a slew of European and local council seats under Nigel Farage had ‘gone astray’.

In an online CV posted last summer, Mr Vachha listed an extensive list of hobbies which included computer programming, ‘Nazi Germany’, growing ‘ultra-hot’ chillies, travelling int he Himalayas and the ‘Belgian Congo holocaust’. 

Mr Vachha told the BBC this afternoon that it was time for the party to ‘get back to business’.

‘We know what ails this country. For many years, alas, we too have gone astray, focusing on things which were not really important, and some of the things we focused on were just plum wrong,’ he said. 

The former London regional organiser is the party's sixth leader in just four years and he admitted the party which won a slew of European and local council seats under Nigel Farage had 'gone astray'

The former London regional organiser is the party’s sixth leader in just four years and he admitted the party which won a slew of European and local council seats under Nigel Farage had ‘gone astray’

He warned Westminster politicians to 'watch out' as he gave his first speech in front of the statue of Winston Churchill outside Parliament

He warned Westminster politicians to ‘watch out’ as he gave his first speech in front of the statue of Winston Churchill outside Parliament

‘We return to our libertarian, freedom-loving principles and under my leadership, that is what we shall get.

Those blaggards in Westminster need to watch out, because I take no prisoners. They have sinned for too long.’

The previous Ukip leader Dick Braine quit in October last year after less than three months in charge. His predecessor, Gerard Batten, lasted just 14 months.

The party had found itself relegated to the fringes of politics since Mr Farage launched the Brexit Party last year, and took a swathe of European Parliament seats before the UK quit the block in December, 

In an online CV posted last summer, Mr Vachha listed an extensive list of hobbies which included computer programming, 'Nazi Germany', growing 'ultra-hot' chillies, travelling int he Himalayas and the 'Belgian Congo holocaust'

In an online CV posted last summer, Mr Vachha listed an extensive list of hobbies which included computer programming, ‘Nazi Germany’, growing ‘ultra-hot’ chillies, travelling int he Himalayas and the ‘Belgian Congo holocaust’

Mr Farage’s former party was the winner in the 2014 election but struggled in last year’s.

After winning 27.5 per cent of the vote six years ago they only collected around three per cent last May.

Mr Batten, who had announced he was standing down as party chief, lost his seat in London.

His leadership had been controversial as he maintained close links with Tommy Robinson –  real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon – the co-creator of the hard right English Defence League. 

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