Diane James, the leader of UKIP, has announced that she is to stand down from her job after just 18 days. James, who is the MEP for South East England, she said that didn’t have “sufficient authority” to take on the role, but confirmed that she would continue in her role at the European Parliament.
In a statement James said:
“It is with great regret that I announce that I will not be formalising my recent nomination to become the new leader of the party with the Electoral Commission.
Having won the enthusiastic support of party members, I was nominated by them as the new leader at the recent Ukip Bournemouth conference.
Since that time I have been in discussion with party officers about the role. It has become clear that I do not have sufficient authority, nor the full support of all my MEP colleagues and party officers to implement changes I believe necessary and upon which I based my campaign.
For personal and professional reasons therefore, I will not take the election process further.
I will continue to concentrate fully on my activities and responsibilities as a Member of the European Parliament”.
Nigel Farage, the previous party leader, confirmed that he wouldn’t seek a return to the leadership role.