O’Flynn Quits as UKIP Economy Spokesman After Criticizing FarageSvenja O’Donnell
Patrick O’Flynn, a member of the European Parliament, resigned as economics spokesman for the U.K. Independence Party after he publicly criticized leader Nigel Farage.
“I would like to express to colleagues my sincere regret at going public with my frustrations about the turn of events following polling day,” O’Flynn said in an e-mailed statement on Tuesday. “I hope in the months ahead to be of use to the great campaign to persuade the British people to leave the European Union, which is after all what brought me into politics in the first place.”
O’Flynn, whose party lost one of its two seats in the U.K. Parliament in this month’s general election, labeled Farage “snarling, thin-skinned and aggressive” in an interview with the Times newspaper. Farage stepped down as leader after failing in his own bid to win a seat, only to go back on his decision three days later.