Raheem Kassam, a former aide to Nigel Farage, has dropped out of the race to become Ukip leader, saying “the path to victory is too narrow”.
In a statement released on Monday morning, Kassam said:
After much consideration, I have decided not to pursue my campaign to be UKIP leader any further. This was a very difficult decision, and I want to thank everyone who supported me in the process.
It is a decision I have not taken lightly, but following meetings this weekend I realised the path to victory is too narrow. I would encourage my supporters to back Peter Whittle, who I think would make a fantastic leader of the party.
Kassam, who is editor in chief of Breitbart London, also complained about “disgraceful treatment by the media”.
He said he would be pursuing a “harassment complaint” against a Times journalist for “intimidating” his elderly parents.
During his short-lived campaign, Kassam was confronted with a series of aggressive tweets he has sent, including one in which he said Nicola Sturgeon should have her legs taped shut.
The race is now seen as a fight between former deputy leader Paul Nuttall and former deputy chairman Suzanne Evans.
Whittle, a Ukip member of the London Assembly, now has Kassam’s backing.
John Rees Evans, who last week admitted it was a “mistake” to claim a “homosexual donkey” tried to rape his horse, is also standing.
Ukip MP Douglas Carswell, who has fought internal-party battle with Farage and Kassam responded to his dropping out of the race with a simple tweet.
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