Nigel Farage to return as interim Ukip leader after Diane James steps down

Nigel Farage to serve as interim UKIP leader

Nigel Farage

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Nigel Farage has said he will serve as interim leader of Ukip until the party elects a permanent successor following the shock resignation of Diane James.

Following James's departure after just 18 days, Farage revealed he was still technically in charge of the party as her registration papers had not been processed by the Electoral Commission.

Farage told the BBC: "I have spoken to the Electoral Commission this morning and I am technically still leader of the party as Diane James's forms did not get processed, so I will continue as the interim leader."

The veteran politician, who has previously completed two separate stints as leader of Ukip, also dismissed the "wild speculation" suggestions that Neil Hamilton - the party's leader in the Welsh Assembly - could be made acting leader by the party's ruling National Executive Committee (NEC). 

He told the BBC: "We will have to see about that, won't we? I find that extraordinarily unlikely. I do not see any prospect of that horror story coming to pass."