Paul Nuttall says he would carry out executions on child killers and terrorists
The Ukip leader said he backed the death penalty for terrorists and child killers.
He added that he backed a referendum on the issue, and claimed it would see the return of the controversial policy which was scrapped in 1965.
Talking to the Daily Mail, he said: “I would like to see the death penalty for terrorists and child killers.”
When quizzed if he would carry out the executions himself, he said “yes”.
Talking about the jihadis who killed solider Lee Rigby and about Moors murderer Ian Brady, the Ukip leader said: “For people who kill a [British] soldier and harm children, I would not have a problem doing it.
“I believe in capital punishment for treason. Opinion polls show the vast majority of people agree with me.”
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Mr Nuttall emphasised that the controversial view was personal as opposed to official Ukip party policy.
He added: “If enough people called for a referendum on this we would be only too happy to give them one.”
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Mr Nuttall is running for election in the constituency of Boston and Skegness in the June 8 General Election.
He launched his party’s manifesto on Wednesday, two days after the Manchester Arena bomb attack.
Defending the decision to resume campaigning, he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We took the decision that the best way to show these people they will be beaten and they will not win is to get back into the saddle and launch our manifesto.
“The one thing they hate more than anything is our democracy and the democratic process should continue.”