Suzanne Evans, the former deputy chairwoman, has been suspended by UKIP for six months over disloyalty claims. Her legal bid against the suspension has failed, just days after she was sacked as the party’s welfare spokesperson.
Nigel Farage, the leader of the party who himself had previously pledged to quit if he failed to become an MP, said:
“Sometimes people fall out with their own parties and sometimes they say and do things that perhaps they shouldn’t”.
Evans said in a statement:
“I am stunned and distressed by this latest turn of events. I will look to take up whatever right of appeal is open to me. I remain determined to keep my personal focus on working to the full extent of my ability to help secure a ‘Leave’ vote in the EU Referendum on 23rd June, and contribute to electoral successes for UKIP on 5th May”.