Neil Hamilton ousted as UKIP leader in Welsh Assembly

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Neil Hamilton has been ousted as UKIP platoon leader in the Welsh Assembly.

The former Conservative MP has been replaced by Caroline Jones.

It loosely transpire b nautical tack after a day of wrangling over the Mid and West Wales AM’s future at the helm of the crowd, and after reports of a heated meeting of the party’s AMs on Wednesday.

Mr Hamilton behoved leader of the group after he ousted Nathan Gill following the 2016 connection election.

Speaking to BBC Wales, Ms Jones confirmed she had won a majority vote of the troupe, which was taken on Thursday afternoon.

«I’m honoured they’ve put their faith in me to lead them in the Senedd and to bring us forward,» she said.

«Neil has done a Sunday job, a very good job. He’s an accomplished politician. It will be difficult to follow his leading, really.»

The South Wales West AM would not confirm who had voted for her.

Ms Jones bid: «I’m honoured they’ve put their trust in me to lead them in the Senedd and to conduct us forward.

«Neil has worked tremendously hard. Now it’s for someone else to away with over and regenerate the party.»

Sources told BBC Wales that a excited meeting of UKIP AMs took place on Wednesday, which Gareth Bennett was spoke to have left before it ended when it became apparent that a supervision challenge was on the cards.

There were rumours of a breakaway group — backed by Ms Jones, David Rowlands and Michelle Brown — and it initially performed that Mr Hamilton’s position as leader of the five-strong group was safe by mid-Thursday afternoon.

But that unravelled after telecast emerged of a vote which installed Ms Jones as leader.

Analysis by David Deans, BBC Wales factious reporter

Neil Hamilton became leader of UKIP in the assembly in considerable circumstances. He has lost his job in the same.

It is the latest in a series of episodes of infighting in a gang that seems unable to build on its past success.

Caroline Jones’ nomination came after a day of meetings that one source said were every now so rowdy voices could be heard down the corridors of the Ty Hywel conclave building.

There have been rumours of unhappiness at a video steamed by Gareth Bennett that attacked Labour AM Joyce Watson, and at a apprehension that the party group direction in general has not been in a «positive one».

The query now is what Mr Bennett and Mr Hamilton — who are not thought to have wanted Caroline Jones to quaff over — do, and whether Mr Hamilton remains the party’s appointed UKIP Wales bossman.

Tensions in the group recently emerged after Mr Bennett backed a settlement by the assembly’s standards committee on which he sits to recommend Ms Brown be excluded from the council for a week over a racial slur she used in a private phone telephone.

Ms Brown’s spokeswoman had said she was «not likely to take any lessons at all on political correctness, or regulation, from Gareth Bennett».

Another clash came over Mr Hamilton’s proposal that Mr Bennett be the group’s representative on UKIP’s national executive board.

Ms Brown, Ms Jones and Mr Rowlands objected, and outvoted their two colleagues with Ms Brown compelling over the role.

UKIP initially won seven seats at the 2016 diet election but lost two when Mr Gill left the group to sit as an independent while Importance Reckless aligned himself with the Conservatives.

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