Former MS Neil Hamilton elected UKIP leader
The former MS Neil Hamilton has been elected leader of UKIP.
The news was announced that the ex-Senedd member for Mid and West Wales will now lead the party during its conference in Worthing.
The party’s official Twitter account posted: “We’re delighted to announce that Neil Hamilton has been elected UKIP leader!”
Hamilton is at least the seventh person to lead UKIP since Nigel Farage stood down from the role in 2016 following the EU referendum.
UKIP won 13% of the vote and elected seven members – including Neil Hamilton – at the 2016 Welsh Assembly election, a month before the Brexit referendum. But the party lost all of its seats at the Senedd at the 2021.
There has previously been confusion about who is the real leader of UKIP after Neil Hamilton’s right to be the party’s head was challenged by his predecessor.
Freddy Vachha was elected leader of the UK Independence Party in June 2020, but the party’s website then listed Neil Hamilton as UK Interim Party Leader, as well as leader, and spokesman, of UKIP Wales.
Vachha argued at the time that the Party Chairman, Ben Walker, had no right to remove him under the party’s constitution.
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