Putin is my hero, says new Ukip leader

New leader of the anti-EU UK Independence Party Diane James gives an address at the UKIP Autumn Conference in Bournemouth on the southern coast of England

He told his radio show on LBC he felt a massive weight of responsibility lift off his shoulders after Diane James was voted the party's new leader on Friday.

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"It's very shallow. It's very safe".

Mr Farage rejected Mr Banks's claims the pair were naked in what seemed an "amazingly good idea" at the time. "But it wasn't skinny-dipping, I did keep my underpants on".

"It's not the first time I've done such a thing".

The anti-immigration party won 12.6 percent of the vote in the 2015 general election, though it only has one MP to show for it under Britain's first-past-the-post system. I have been biting my tongue.

"I guess in a sense it's been my life's work to get the party to this point", he said.

"Underneath, the engine, I'm afraid, has been breaking down".

Nonetheless, UKIP is hoping to consolidate its popularity on the back of Brexit, boost its tally of MPs in the next general election slated for 2020, and replace a wobbling Labour Party as the official opposition. "He hasn't supported my leadership at all and he completely disagrees with what has been our main electoral policy, namely, that. we should have proper border controls".

Putin is my hero, says new Ukip leader
Putin is my hero, says new Ukip leader

Mr Hamilton, who only found out about the so-called purge after being told by reporters, said it was a "rather freaky way" to unite a party.

Diane James and Douglas Carswell shook hands and smiled for the cameras as they posed for pictures ahead of his speech to activists.

He said he would remain active in political life, with plans to travel across Europe to meet similar political movements, but would not seek to influence the new UKIP leader.

"I am going to go on as an MEP".

"The membership has spoken and it has made a clear choice", he said. But James said that the Conservative party was too divided to truly deliver on that promise.

Ms James laughed, and said: "I can't think of any at the moment, apart from Mrs Thatcher, maybe".

Ms James became the first female leader of UKIP when she secured 8,451 votes.

Volunteers on the party's ruling National Executive Committee had decided that Mr Hamilton was "great fun, therefore would be a great candidate", Mr Farage said, adding that he had no power to stop it.

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