Elizabeth Jones To Stand As UKIP Leader

South-London based politician aims to replace Nigel Farage

South London-based Elizabeth Jones has announced she is standing to replace Nigel Farage as the new UKIP leader.

Elizabeth Jones, a member of UKIP's ruling National Executive Committee, stood for the party in the election for the London Assembly seat for Merton and Wandsworth in May. Wandsworth Labour Councillor Leonie Cooper emerged as victor.

The Clapham-based politician also stood for UKIP in the recent Tooting by-election, which was also won by a Labour candidate - Rosena Allin-Khan.

She says she will stand for the UKIP leadership alongside Havering Council leader Lawrence Webb, who will run as her deputy.

Former Wimbledon councillor Suzanne Evans, also the former UKIP deputy chairman, has announced she will not be standing. She is reported to be backing Ramsey councillor Lisa Duffy.

There are a number of other candidates, and regional hustings will take place in August. The winner is set to be announced on September 15.

July 27, 2016