Harriet Yeo was today named as Ukip's new Folkestone and Hythe general election candidate following the expulsion of Janice Atkinson over allegations of an inflated expenses claim.
MEP Janice Atkinson says she is "deeply disappointed" by Ukip's decision to expel her from the party following allegations about her expenses, and insists she "fully" intends to appeal.
"I was elected to represent the constituents of the south-east of England and I will continue to work tirelessly on their behalf and for the best interests of our country," she added in a short statement.
MEP Janice Atkinson - and her chief of staff Christine Hewitt - have been expelled by Ukip for bringing the party into disrepute over claims about inflated expenses, a party spokesman said.
Nick Clegg has leapt to the defence of Nigel Farage, saying protesters who reportedly chased the Ukip leader and his family out of a pub should "leave his wife and kids out of it".
I disagree with Nigel Farage too but leave his wife and kids out of it. Intimidating a politician's family is never acceptable.
A Ukip source has told ITV News that yesterday's pub protest against Nigel Farage was a "pretty frightening experience".
Farage branded protesters who allegedly chased him out of a Kent pub before jumping on his car as "scum".
ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports:
Ukip have pledged tax cuts and increased spending on defence in their economics plan, but how will they pay for it?
Ukip economic spending
- Defence spending raised to £16 billion
- Raise income tax personal allowance to £13,000
- Raising 40% tax rate to salaries of £55,000
- Scrap inheritance tax
Ukip economic savings
- Leave European Union and save £10 billion
- Cut overseas aid by £10bn
- Scrap HS2 rail plan to make saving of £3bn per year
Ukip's economics spokesman Patrick O'Flynn has pledged that his party would make savings by reducing overseas aid in favour of spending more on defence.
He said Ukip was "the only party meeting the Nato requirement of 2 percent of GDP spent on defence".
It's astonishing to behold three other mainstream parties, particularly the Conservative party, eagerly chaining themselves to a GDP target for foreign aid giveaways while neglecting the first duty of government: Defence of the Realm.
Ukip's economics spokseman Patrick O'Flynn is outlining the party's plans for the economy, including increased spending on defence and a reduction in overseas aid.
Ukip leader Nigel Farage allowed his colleague to take centre stage, insisting the party was "not a one-man band", as ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship pointed out.
A group of anti-Ukip protesters who invaded a pub where Nigel Farage was reportedly having lunch, forcing him to flee, have denied that he was with his children.
Protest organiser Dan Glass said: "He was sitting on his own and left on his own. We didn't see any kids".
Mr Farage called the demonstrators 'scum' after he said they scared his two young children and forced them to run away and hide. The children are now understood to have been found and returned home.
Nigel Farage has branded anti-Ukip protesters "scum" after they invaded a pub where he was having a family lunch.
The party leader was apparently with his wife and two younger daughters at the Queen's Head in Downe, Kent, when the incident took place.
Dozens of demonstrators initially went into the George & Dragon, where Mr Farage has previously been pictured having a drink, before realising he was in the other pub nearby.
They are said to have gone into the Queen's Head, chased the Farages out and then jumped on the Ukip leader's car bonnet as he drove away.
Mr Farage said afterwards: "I hope these 'demonstrators' are proud of themselves. My children were so scared by their behaviour that they ran away to hide.
"At the time of writing this a relative has gone to look for them, and they are not yet at home. These people are scum."
Protest organiser Dan Glass said the group was in fancy dress and included migrants, HIV activists, gay people, disabled people and breastfeeding mums.