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Paul Nuttall enters Ukip leader race as 'unity' candidate

Paul Nuttall said he would be the 'unity' candidate. Credit: PA

Paul Nuttall has joined the race to be the next Ukip leader.

The North West MEP said he would be the "unity" candidate.

Making the announcement on the BBC's Sunday Politics, he said: "I've made the decision that I'll put my name forward to be the next leader of Ukip.

"I have huge support out there across the country, not only among people at the top of the party in Westminster and with the MPs, but also among the grassroots.

"And I want to stand on the platform of being the unity candidate - Ukip needs to come together. I'm not going to be on here and gild the lily. Ukip at the moment is looking over the edge of a political cliff, it'll either step off or it will step back. And I want to be the candidate that will tell us to come back."

Suzanne Evans announces Ukip leadership bid

Suzanne Evans made the announcement on Sunday morning. Credit: The Andrew Marr Show/BBC

Suzanne Evans has announced she will made a bid for the Ukip leadership.

A new contest was sparked after Diane James resigned just 18 days after being elected to replace Nigel Farage.

She told The Andrew Marr Show on the BBC: "I think I'm the right person to lead Ukip into the challenges ahead."

Steven Woolfe was widely expected to be the leadership frontrunner, but he resigned from the party on Monday, saying he had "come to the conclusion that UKIP is ungovernable without Nigel Farage leading it and the referendum cause to unite it".

Ms Evans suggested Ukip had got a "toxic" image from being cast as a far-right party, something she said would happen again if Mr Farage's former aide Raheem Kassam became leader.

"Our members don't want that," she added.

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