Plans for a “Labour Party of England” suggested by left-wing MP Jon Cruddas are “too little, too late” for the general election losers, says Paul Nuttall.
The UKIP Deputy Leader described the proposal as a “cynical” attempt by Labour to try to reconnect with the millions who deserted them at the general election last month to instead vote for UKIP.
Mr Cruddas indicated to Daily Telegraph journalist Mary Riddell that Labour would be looking to replicate its Scottish Labour and Welsh Labour offshoots with the new English-only group soon, saying: “We are going to do it… it will be imminent.”
Paul Nuttall said: “This latest about-turn by Labour is astonishing. They were shell shocked to lose an election they thought they had in the bag when voters they have long taken for granted turned to UKIP instead.
“It is meaningless given that Labour will still be run by and for a Hampstead London elite, and Labour has already set its face against English MPs voting alone on English only laws.
“Even Andy Burnham has admitted today that Labour is run by posh people – that Labour only really like posh people.
“But this is not a new phenomenon – the Labour party has been operating like that for years and the British people have realised that and voted in their masses for UKIP instead.
“This is nothing more than a cynical attempt to appeal to the Old Labour voters who have deserted Labour in their hundreds of thousands to UKIP.”