Suzanne Evans has declared her interest in running for the UKIP leadership after Nigel Farage resigned on Monday.
However the UKIP spokesperson is currently suspended from the party, after being accused of disloyalty. It is reported she opposed another UKIP candidate who compared homosexuals to Nazis.
"Now by what warped logic challenging homophobia in a political party can be seen as disloyal is quite beyond me, so there was this quite ridiculous disciplinary panel, which I didn't attend which was held without my knowledge," she explained.
"I never understood this disloyalty, I don't understand it now. I think was is regrettable is that there were two Leave campaigns, I think it's a real shame that UKIP with Leave.EU and ultimately Grass Roots Out decided to set up a Leave organisation.
"I think it was a big mistake, I think it cost us votes in the referendum.
"There are a lot of people I know, I've got a lot of supporters," she added. "They think I should be allowed to stand and they're writing to the National Executive Committee too."
The previous deputy chairman also spoke about Farage resigning, believing it will be good for the party as a whole.
"We're not a one man band, we have lots of other people in the party who are very capable spokespeople, and it's certainly not a single issue policy which is why we had in the manifesto policies right across the board including things like childcare and pensions.
"The problem with UKIP is I think that Nigel Farage has been the leader, the only leader. He has been intricately linked to UKIP, and nobody can go on forever.
"If a new leader is somebody who is just going to bang on about immigration," she added. "If it's going to be somebody who’s a sort of right wing momentum type leader I think a lot of people will very quickly get disillusioned.
"I see it very much more as a common sense, centre ground party, that can talk about immigration, talk about other issues. A party that listens to the concerns of people whatever their income is, whatever their class is."