UKIP mega-donor plans new political party… without Nigel Farage
Aaron Banks, the millionaire businessman who bankrolled UKIP’s Leave.EU campaign, has said he wants to start a new political party, possibly without Nigel Farage.
In a move which may reshape Britain’s political landscape, Banks said he hopes to poach supporters of UKIP, Labour and the Conservatives for his new party.
The multi-millionaire insurance mogul criticized the haphazard way UKIP grew from obscurity to a party able to garner a million votes in the last general election.
Asked if Farage would be in charge of the new party, he said the UKIP leader “may have had enough
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“I think UKIP needs to be reformed root and branch and we will be looking at that,” said Banks.
“With a million supporters there’s also a wonderful opportunity if we want to do something, to back something. I think a new party, a brand new party.”
He added: “UKIP grew so rapidly it had problems with personnel and all sorts of issues and I believe that could be better tackled with a new party.”
Banks made headlines this year for making what may have been the biggest single donation to a political cause in British history when he handed Leave.EU £5.6 million (US$7.5 million) from his personal fortune.