UKIP's leader announces plans to quit

Category : UK News
Updated On : April 16, 2018 06:18 AM
By Indian Times Daily

UKIP has confirmed Gerard Batten as its new leader - and he has said he will resign in 12 months' time.

The MEP, who had been interim leader since February. said that as he was elected unopposed he would step down so a full contest can take place. Mr Batten said he will "concentrate on doing all I can to restore the party's fortunes."

He is the fourth person to lead UKIP in 19 months, as the party's popularity has crumbled since the EU referendum. He took over from Henry Bolton in February after a racism row saw Mr Bolton ousted from the party.

Mr Batten, who has been an MEP since 2004, said he was "pleased" to have been confirmed as leader. "UKIP is the only real opposition to our political establishment, and we are needed now as much as ever," he said.

He added that the party needs to get "back into the political fight" with the upcoming local elections. "I will not make any extravagant promises.

"We are essentially a volunteer organisation and we have a difficult task ahead; one which will require a lot of commitment and work," he said. While there have been four different UKIP leaders since the referendum, the leadership has changed hands six times.

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