Ukip's Paul Nuttall 'willing to serve as executioner' if death penalty restored

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall says he would have no problem being involved in executing those who kill children or British soldiers.

The MEP is a supporter of capital punishment and said his party would be "only too happy" to offer a referendum on whether it should return or not if "enough people called" for one.

Speaking to The Mail On Sunday, Mr Nuttall said: "I would like to see the death penalty for terrorists and child killers."

The newspaper reported that when asked if he was prepared to act as executioner Mr Nuttall replied: "Yes."

It added Mr Nuttall cited the killers of soldier Lee Rigby and Moors murderer Ian Brady when adding: "'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."

Mr Nuttall said his support for capital punishment is not official Ukip policy.