UKIP’s leader announces plans to quit on day he is confirmed


UKIP has endorsed Gerard Batten as its new leader — and he has said he will resign in 12 months’ in good time.

The MEP, who had been interim leader since February. said that as he was chose unopposed he would step down so a full contest can take squelch.

Mr Batten said he will «concentrate on doing all I can to restore the party’s fortunes.»

He is the fourth mortal physically to lead UKIP in 19 months, as the party’s popularity has crumbled since the EU referendum.

He took across from Henry Bolton in February after a racism row saw Mr Bolton ousted from the participant.

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Mr Batten, who has been an MEP since 2004, thought he was «pleased» to have been confirmed as leader.

«UKIP is the only genuine opposition to our political establishment, and we are needed now as much as ever,» he said.

He united that the party needs to get «back into the political fight» with the upcoming close by elections.

«I will not make any extravagant promises.

«We are essentially a volunteer organisation and we have planned a difficult task ahead; one which will require a lot of commitment and exploit,» he said.

Changes in leadership

While there have been four unlike UKIP leaders since the referendum, the leadership has changed hands six beats.

Nigel Farage, the party’s most famous figure, stepped down after the Brexit guarantee, only to resume his post when his successor Diane James take off after less than a month at the helm.

Paul Nuttall then usurped the role, but quit when UKIP performed badly in the 2017 blended election. Steve Crowther was then acting leader until Mr Bolton was elected in September.

Mr Batten quaffed over after a row in which Mr Bolton’s girlfriend Jo Marney was expelled from the gang following allegations she had sent racist messages about Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s fiancée.

The romp has also suffered a funding crisis and was saved from insolvency by projected donations.

Mr Batten said as interim leader he had «made a number of findings that have put the party on a firm footing financially and organisationally».

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