A UKIP chair who quit the party today said he blamed party donor Arron Banks more for ‘angering people’ with his comments.
He told the BBC’s World at One:
There has been anger yeah, and it’s inevitable. And it’s Arron Banks’s comments that have basically angered people, because of what he said. He said it was an accident, it was getting milked.
It’s a total disregard for the victims and the families and the people of Liverpool and Merseyside as a whole really. And that’s what I think has angered people.
Banks stepped in to defend Paul Nuttall after the latter’s gaffe, but put his foot in his mouth.
I'm sick to death of hearing about it. It was a disaster and that's it, not some sort of cultural happening https://t.co/KTJPosOGDo
— Arron Banks (@Arron_banks) February 14, 2017
Heatherington reiterated to the BBC this afternoon:
It was the Arron Banks’s remarks that I cannot put up with.
Banks has been a major donor to UKIP in recent years, and is close to Nigel Farage.
He was also the principal donor to Leave.EU, which campaigned for Brexit.
Not only has Banks refused to apologise, but Farage continues to defend him.
And Paul Nuttall has refused to say anything on the matter.
Looks like Nuttall has a crisis on his hands