Calls for Nigel Farage to return as Diane James quits 18 days after becoming Ukip leader

“Since that time, I have been in discussion with party officers about the role.

“It has become clear that I do not have sufficient authority, nor the full support of all my MEP colleagues and party officers to implement changes I believe necessary and upon which I based my campaign. 

“For personal and professional reasons, I will not take the election process further.”

“I will continue to concentrate fully on my activities and responsibilities as an elected Ukip member of the European Parliament for SE UK region. 

“This is my final statement of the this issue.” 

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