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Ukip leader quits after 18 days due to 'insufficient authority'

Diane James has quit as leader of Ukip after just 18 days in charge.

The 56-year-old said it had become clear in discussions with party officials that she did not have "sufficient authority" to push through changes which she had planned.

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'Diane James wrote under duress on leadership papers'

Lisa Duffy was backed by many as the anti-Farage wing of Ukip. Credit: PA

Diane James wrote "under duress" in Latin on her registration forms when taking over as leader, Ukip's Lisa Duffy has claimed.

The leadership candidate, backed by many in the anti-Farage wing of the party, said: "My understanding is that is what's happened, but I haven't got proof myself."

The former party director, who said she would not rule herself from running in another leadership election, said she was not surprised that James stood down so quickly, after offering no leadership over the past three weeks.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Duffy said: "I didn't believe this was something that she particularly wanted to do or had the passion to do. So I'm not surprised."

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