The "quality and calibre" of Ukip candidates is improving, leader Nigel Farage told his party's spring conference today.
"Since 2010, since we were last here for conference, Ukip itself has changed," he said.
"There's a much more diverse range of people from all sorts of different backgrounds who are taking part and standing as candidates for Ukip."
He added that the party had addressed its men-only image: "We have a party director who is female, and if you look at the European election list, whilst it is true that fewer women than men put their names forward, just look at how those women have done in an open ballot."
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