Ukip rocked after south east MEP quits party

FORMER Ukip leader Diane James has announced she is quitting the party.

Monday, 21st November 2016, 4:50 pm
Updated Tuesday, 22nd November 2016, 12:06 pm
Diane James MEP is resigning from Ukip

Ms James, an MEP for the south-east region, was elected successor to Nigel Farage in September. She remained in the post for just 18 days before announcing she was standing down. In a statement, Ms James said she had applied to become an independent MEP in the European Parliament.

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She said her relationship with Ukip had become ‘increasingly difficult’ since her decision not to take up the leadership – and ‘now was the time to move on’.

Addressing her decision to not continue as leader, she said: ‘I found that I had no support within the executive and thus no ability to carry forward the policies on which I had campaigned.’ Her resignation is the latest in a series of blows to Ukip. Fareham and county councillor Chris Wood quit and jumped ship to the Tories, describing his former party as ‘toxic’.