Ukip to hold leadership contest after European Parliament elections

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Ukip is to carry a management contest after the European Parliament elections.

Social gathering chief Gerard Batten confirmed there can be an election following the 23 Could Euro ballot after he attacked experiences he deliberate to face down on 2 June.

The anti-immigration MEP, who took excessive job in April final yr, tweeted: “The standard lies. I used to be elected unopposed in mid-April for a 12-month time period. The NEC requested me to increase the time period to get past the native & Euro elections. There’ll subsequently be a management election after the Euros. I’ll resolve then if I’m working once more.”

If Mr Batten doesn’t stand once more, the brand new chief would be the eighth since 2010. 

Nigel Farage give up after six years as chief in September 2016, returning for a short spell the next month. 

A Ukip spokesman stated: “Mr Batten is fulfilling a promise to step down and name a management election roughly one yr after turning into full celebration chief.”

Mr Batten has drawn controversy for appointing former English Defence League chief Tommy Robinson as an adviser on grooming gangs and prisons.

Ukip received 24 seats on the 2014 European Parliament elections, however has seen a stream of MEPs give up its ranks since, and now faces stiff competitors from former chief Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party.

The celebration lost 87 out of 111 seats in final week’s native elections.

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