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'Nigel Farage Is New Nick Griffin' Says Ukip Founder Alan Sked

22/05/2015 16:43 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 16:59 BST
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RAMSGATE, ENGLAND - MAY 08: Ukip leader Nigel Farage reacts as Conservative Party candidate Craig Mackinlay is announced as the winner of the Thanet South constituency on May 8, 2015 in Ramsgate, England. After the United Kingdom went to the polls yesterday the Conservative party are confirmed as the winners of a closely fought general election which has returned David Cameron as Prime Minister with a slender majority for his partyÊ (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Nigel Farage is "becoming the new Nick Griffin of British politics - a far right failure", Ukip's founder Dr Alan Sked has said.

In a stinging criticism of the party leadership, Dr Sked hit back at allegations he was forced out of the party by Farage back in 1997, rebutting in a letter to The Times: "I cannot allow you to reprint Nigel Farage's dillusions as if they bore any relationship to the truth".

"I resigned as leader of my own free will after the 1997 general election as I was exhausted and wanted to return to academic life," the now professor in international history at the LSE wrote.

But rounding on his former colleague, Dr Sked criticised Ukip leader Nigel Farage for his mismanagement of the party and its image, and hit out at the failures of its leader in getting elected to Parliament.

"It took Farage some time to control the party and ruin its reputation," he said.

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Griffin led the BNP during the 2010 election but resigned in 2013

"Even after almost 15 years of controlling it, he still cannot get elected as an MP or get anyone else elected as a Ukip MP.

"He's even lost one of this two Tory defectors and looks like losing the other one," he wrote, a reference to suspected internal party divisions between Farage and his sole MP in Westminster, Douglas Carswell.

Speaking to The Huffington Post UK, a Ukip spokesman said he had "nothing to add" to Dr Sked's allegations, but added "it's just sad" that he couldn't "revel in the success of what he created".