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Ukip leader Paul Nuttall visits Dagenham amid ‘burqa ban’ division

PUBLISHED: 10:21 11 May 2017

Paul Nuttall was interviewed by the BBC in Dagenham ahead of meeting residents to talk about the General Election

Paul Nuttall was interviewed by the BBC in Dagenham ahead of meeting residents to talk about the General Election

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Paul Nuttall met candidates at The Eastbrook pub to warn voters only Ukip can deliver Brexit, denying the party was divided despite disagreements over its face coverings ban.

Paul Nuttall, left, visited Dagenham yesterday to meet residents ahead of the General ElectionPaul Nuttall, left, visited Dagenham yesterday to meet residents ahead of the General Election

The Ukip leader greeted Barking candidate Roger Gravett and Dagenham and Rainham candidate Peter Harris at the Dagenham Road pub yesterday after the party lost 146 seats in last week’s local elections.

Ahead of meeting residents, he told the Post he wouldn’t “read too much” into the result and denied it was an issue that his Barking and Dagenham candidates both oppose a flagship policy that would ban the burqa in public places.

“In political parties people have different opinions,” he said. “Ukip’s future is bright, Ukip’s got a great future.”

He said similar bans have worked in France and Belgium, adding they were necessary for security, integration and empowering Muslim women into workplaces.

He said the Tories can’t be trusted with a true Brexit, citing prime minister Theresa May’s pro-EU stance throughout last year’s referendum campaign.

“We will stand up for the Brexit people voted for on June 23 last year,” he said.

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