The new leader of Ukip has said that he supports halving the abortion time limit to 12 weeks.

Speaking on LBC radio, Paul Nuttall said: “I would like to see the limit for abortion reduced, simply because I think we’ve had scientific and medical advances” – which mean that babies born before the 24-week limit survive in some cases.

Interviewer Nick Ferrari quoted Mr Nuttall in 2012 writing on his blog: “Advertising abortion trivialises what is in reality killing an unborn child, and the potential psychological implications for the mother are well documented. Killers such as Ian Brady and Ian Huntley have their human rights and did not face the death penalty for taking the lives of children. Who is to defend the unborn child faced with a death sentence?”

On LBC Mr Ferrari said: “Some would say you’re likening abortion to the Moors murders and Ian Huntley.”

Mr Nuttall replied that he had been talking about human rights, and that if there was a referendum for the return of the death penalty for child killers, he would vote in favour.

On the time limit for abortion Mr Nuttall said: “I’d say 12 weeks, which is the same as the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt [says] and I believe it’s the same as Tim Farron, the leader of the Liberal Democrats [says] as well. So there’s nothing controversial there.”

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