Ukip economics spokesman Patrick O’Flynn has stepped down after admitting he should not have criticised Nigel Farage in the aftermath of the general election.
Farage quit as Ukip leader directly after the election, only to return three days later, bringing criticism from within his own party. At the time, O’Flynn described Farage as “snarling, thin-skinned and aggressive”.
O’Flynn, who also serves as an MEP for the East of England, has now admitted his remarks were inappropriate.
In a statement, O’Flynn says: “I am proud of what we achieved in the general election and am only sorry to have succumbed, as Roger [Helmer, Ukip MEP and energy and industry spokesman] put it with such impressive understatement, to public remarks that were ‘unhelpful’.
“I think it appropriate to stand down as economics spokesman.”