Diane James has been elected as the new leader of the UK Independence Party.
Ms James had been regarded as the favourite to succeed Nigel Farage, who quit as leader following the UK’s vote to leave the EU.
The MEP for South East England won with 8,451 votes. Her nearest rival, Lisa Duffy, received 4,591.
Speaking about Brexit, Ms James warned “we have only just won a heat” in a “28-member state Olympic competition to leave the European Union”.
“The threats to the referendum outcome are increasing by the day,” she said, adding she would reject “Brexit-lite”.
‘Laser focus’ but no policies as Diane James takes over Ukip
Ukip deputy chairman Diane James has won the contest to replace Nigel Farage as the party’s leader.
The MEP, who was the frontrunner in the contest, took the top job with 8,451 votes.