John Bickley said, "I’m delighted that Paul Nuttall has asked me to take responsibility for this hugely important role. I have seen with my own eyes the devastating impact of uncontrolled unskilled immigration on our communities. UKIP is, was and will be in favour of immigration but it must be immigration on the UK’s terms.
"Everyone in the world must feel there is a level playing field when it comes to coming to the UK. It doesn’t matter what your faith, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation or any other aspect, what matters is what people can offer and what the country needs.
"However, under Labour and latterly the Conservatives our immigration system has discriminated against the world, and especially the Commonwealth, to favour low skilled immigration from the European Union, this must end."
UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall said, "John came within a whisker of winning a safe Labour seat in the North West because he understands the effect uncontrolled immigration has on communities in working class areas.
"He will be an excellent immigration spokesman not just for UKIP, but for the people who are suffering as a result of unrestricted EU freedom of movement and continuing excessive levels of immigration in general".