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In an LBC interview, Ms James announced she was an "admirer" of Russian President Vladimir Putin, citing his leadership strength as a reason. "That is a job for the new leader to do".

And she said the party needs to change and become more professionalised to become "a winning political machine".

It polled the third highest number of votes in the 2015 general election after the Conservative and Labour parties.

The governing center-right Conservative Party, under its new leader May, "now appears committed to delivering Brexit while also offering policies that have always been advocated by UKIP", such as introducing more selective schools, said Goodwin.

The party's deputy chairwoman and home affairs spokeswoman refused to set out any policies during the leadership contest, insisting she wants to "refresh and review" the party's 2015 general election manifesto in her first 100 days as leader and "professionalise" the party.

The party has suffered a series of bitter rows over its future direction since the Brexit vote and, with its main star Farage stepping down, faces a struggle to retain its influence over voters.

"They voted to control our borders", she told delegates at UKIP's annual conference following her appointment to succeed outgoing Nigel Farage.

"There is a huge opportunity for the party, but it also requites the party to unite".

Mr Carswell the former Tory MP who won a by-election and was then re-elected under the Ukip flag has been at the centre of bitter divides within Ukip

"At midnight it seemed an amazingly good idea to me to go for a swim, so I did!"

Diane James has won the contest to become leader of the UK Independence Party (Ukip) with more than 8,400 votes.

The party gained notoriety in the last four years as anti-Europe sentiment crept in to the UK's political atmosphere, and the culmination was the Leave vote which triumphed in the historic referendum.

"I frankly don't think I could do any more". The party is "handicapped by a flawed, morally bankrupt first-past-the-post [electoral] system", James said.

Thanking campaigners and activists for their work in securing a Brexit win, he said: 'And now, folks, I want my life back'.

In the running along with Diane James, who recently remarked she would not be "Nigel-like or Nigel-lite" if elected, are Ramsey councilor Lisa Duffy, West Midlands MEP Bill Etheridge, Elizabeth Jones and Philip Broughton.

Speaking directly to prime minister Theresa May in her speech, she said: "If you're watching TV this afternoon, you'll be watching the opposition party in waiting". She works as the chief of staff to MEP Patrick O'Flynn, who called Mr. Farage "snarling, thin-skinned and aggressive".

The leadership campaign was thrown into turmoil as soon as it began, with the previous favorite candidate, Steven Woolfe, disqualified for submitting his candidacy 17 minutes after the deadline, citing computer problems.

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