Suzanne Evans Announces Ukip Leadership Bid

Yesterday, Ukip’s most high-profile donor backed a former aide to Farage for the party leadership. Insurance tycoon Arron Banks said he was backing Raheem Kassam for the leadership.

Evans said today Kassam would try and copy Donald Trump if he won the leadership. “I don’t think there is any doubt about that. Our members don’t want that,” she said.

“Our future as a political party in Britain does not lie in that far right wing,” she said. “I do not see a groundswell of opinion for more far right policies.”

“I think I am absolutely the right person to champion the cause of those 17.4 million people who voted to leave the EU and are now seeing their democratic choice being undermined by the political class.”

The present leadership contest was triggered when Diane James quit after just 18 days in charge and has been thrown wide open after frontrunner Steven Woolfe quit in the wake of an altercation with a fellow MEP.

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