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Diane James: 'Magpie May' stealing Ukip's 'best ideas'

The Tories are stealing Ukip's "best ideas", the party's new leader Diane James has said.

Terming the prime minster "Magpie May", James, who takes over from Nigel Farage at the head of the Eurosceptic party, said Theresa May had stolen Ukip's policies, including the controversial grammar schools measures that have been much debated this week.

"Just remember where the best ideas - that you steal - where they came from and in all likelihood where they will come from again in the future," James said.

Speaking after her announcement as Ukip's new leader, James urged her party to prepare itself for the next general election, saying Ukip had "moved mountains on the political landscape" and was the "change movement of the United Kingdom".

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Diane James elected as new Ukip leader

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.

Taking to the stage at the party's annual conference in Bournemouth, she said: "I still haven't quite come to grips with it.

"I'm still pinching myself but I'm just immensely grateful for what you have done and what you have bestowed on me."

The new leader said the party had "moved mountains on the political landscape" and was the "change movement of the United Kingdom".

Farage vows 'not to meddle' with next Ukip leader

'My job is not to meddle' Credit: PA

Nigel Farage has vowed he will not "meddle" or attempt to influence the next leader of Ukip, but remains committed to the party's ideals.

"I wish them the very best of luck and my job is not to meddle," he told delegates at the party conference in Bournemouth, ahead of the results of his party's leadership election.

"My job is not to try and influence, but my job will be if that leader wants any help and advice then, make no mistake about it, I am still four-square behind this party and its aims," Mr Farage said.

The frequently outspoken Ukip leader said he would remain engaged in political life, and suggested he might "go back to America" for a speaking engagement, a reference to an appearance he made at a rally for US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump last month.

Farage urges Ukip to hold government to 'hard Brexit'

Some government ministers are "still fighting the referendum", despite the British people's vote in favour of Brexit, Nigel Farage has said.

Speaking at his party's annual conference in Bournemouth, the prime minister was rowing back on her post-referendum commitments and urged party members to ensure the government delivered a "hard Brexit".

"We can be very proud of the fact that we won the war," he said, in a reference to the referendum result. "But we now must win the peace and the only mechanism to put pressure on the government ... is for Ukip to be healthy and for Ukip to be strong."

Farage's comments serve as a rallying cry toUkip ahead of its leadership election, which has seen the party riven by internal divisions.

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