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Could shock Diane James resignation mean second UKIP chance for Lisa Duffy?

Lisa Duffy (right) could be set for another leadership contest. Credit: PA

Cambridgeshire councillor Lisa Duffy could get a second chance at becoming the new leader of UKIP after Diane James sensationally quit last night.

Miss James decided to stand down after just 18 days in charge - saying that she did not have "sufficient authority" to push through changes which she had planned.

Ramsey councillor Duffy finished second in last month's leadership election, gaining 4,591 votes.

Steven Woolfe is the early favourite. Credit: PA

The ex-TK Maxx store manager caused controversy during the last contest by suggesting she wanted a "total ban" on muslim schools.

She will once again be among the frontrunners to land the top job, although North-West England MEP Steven Woolfe is the early favourite at 1/2.

Woolfe was controversially blocked from standing last time after he submitted his papers 17 minutes late.

Douglas Carswell is UKIP's only MP. Credit: PA

As expected, Clacton MP Douglas Carswell has also been linked with the role but is not thought to be a serious contender.

Taking to Twitter last night, he didn't seem keen to discuss the topic.

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