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Diane James quits as head of UK Independence Party

Newly elected leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) Diane James gives an address at the UKIP Autumn Conference in Bournemouth, on the southern coast of England, on September 16, 2016Eurosceptic UK Independence Party was thrown into turmoil on Tuesday as its leader Diane James quit, citing “personal and professional reasons” for stepping down just 18 days after her election. “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,” James said in a statement published on her Twitter account. “For personal and professional reasons, therefore, I will not take the election process further,” she added, explaining she would not formalise the leadership process with the UK Electoral Commission.

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