Ukip’s major donor Arron Banks said he has had his membership of the party suspended.
Mr Banks, who has been consistently critical of the Ukip leadership and recently demanded to be made party chairman or he would stop his donations, announced on Twitter he had been suspended from the party, and when asked why, said: “Apparently for saying the current leadership couldn’t knock the skin off a rice pudding.”
Last week Mr Banks told The Independent that leader Paul Nuttall was ‘quite weak’ and that the party was ‘run like a squash club committee.’
He has also announced his intention to stand against the party’s only MP, Douglas Carswell, in Clacton in 2020.
A Ukip spokesperson said he understood Mr Banks’ membership had ‘lapsed earlier in the year.’