Steven Woolfe has become the first leadership contender to throw his hat in the ring following the shock resignation of Diane James.
Mr Woolfe was barred from standing in the last leadership contest after submitting his nomination papers 17 minutes late.
His announcement came as Nigel Farage confirmed he would be carrying on as interim leader until a permanent successor was in place - prompting a furious row within the party.
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Bill Etheridge, who stood against Diane James for leadership, said he was disappointed at her resignation adding she was supported by MEPs.
She has been in the role less than three weeks.