Battle for leadership of UKIP comes to Norfolk

UKIP members will hear from their would-be leaders at a hustings tonight. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

UKIP members will hear from their would-be leaders at a hustings tonight. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Would-be leaders of the UK Independence Party will be in Norfolk tonight ahead of the party's vote to select a successor to Paul Nuttall.

The leadership hustings, at Wensum Valley Golf Club in Taverham, will see nine of the candidates in the election battle trying to convince party members they deserve their vote.

The meeting has been organised and will be chaired by Michael Baker, a former county and district councillor.

Among the candidates are Anne Marie Waters, whose running mate is Eastern region MEP Stuart Agnew. She visited Norfolk last month and will be making her pitch along with rival candidates.

Given her anti-Islam views, the National Executive Committee's decision to allow her to stand for leadership caused controversy, with MEP Mike Hookem resigning as a deputy whip in the European parliament following the decision.


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UKIP is looking to forge a new path for the party, having failed to win a seat in the general election. The party also lost all their seats on Norfolk County Council in May's elections.

Tonight's event is for members only. Voting starts later this week and the leader will be announced at the party's annual conference at the end of next month.

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