New UKIP Leader Diane James: My Political Heroes? Thatcher, Churchill

Ukip’s new leader has confirmed that Vladimir Putin is one of her main political “heroes”.

In an interview on the BBC’s Sunday Politics, Diane James named Thatcher and Winston Churchill as figures who had inspired her, and agreed to the addition of Putin.

When asked “other than Vladimir Putin, who is your main political hero?” she said “I can’t think of anyone apart from maybe Thatcher and Churchill”.

When pressed to confirm “So, Putin, Churchill and Thatcher?”, she replied “Uh-huh”.

Her remarks – which prompted a swift reaction on Twitter – prompted claims that in her very first live interview as UKIP leader James had already made her first gaffe.

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