Diane James resigned as the leader of the pro-Brexit UK Independence Party (UKIP) on Tuesday, citing personal and professional reasons, after 18 days in the role. “I will not be formalising my recent nomination to become the new leader of the party”, the member of the European parliament said in a statement posted on her Twitter account. “It has become clear I do not have sufficient authority, nor the full support of all my MEP colleagues and party officers to implement changes I believe necessary and upon which I based my campaign.” James succeeded Nigel Farage as UKIP’s leader in September and pledging at the time to ensure that the Conservative government did not negotiate a soft Brexit.
Newly crowned UK Independence Party leader Diane James has resigned. The party has not yet made a statement. Rumours spread earlier on Tuesday about Ms. James being unhappy about signing a “fairly straightforward” document which formally handed her control of the party. Ms. James is said to have initially refused to sign the paperwork, then adding “under duress” when told she could not assume leadership of the party without doing so. Party sources tell Breitbart London the documentation was “fairly straightforward” and they did not understand her reluctance, though Breitbart London understands that Ms. James resigned for personal reasons related to her family. UKIP MEP Steven Woolfe is understood to be eyeing up the role again after he was blocked by the party’s National Executive Committee from standing in the last leadership election.
DIANE James claims she quit as UKIP leader after just 18 days because she lacked the “full support” of colleagues and party officials. But UKIP insiders have painted another picture for the shock resignation . The MEP – who won the race to replace Nigel Farage with 46.2% of the vote last month – said she lacked the “authority” to reform the party. But the 56-year-old also hinted at “personal reasons” for standing down. Senior UKIP members claimed these personal reasons were key to her decision. Her husband John Forrest – who is 17 years older than her – is understood to be ill. But Ms James was also reportedly concerned about the impact of being leader of the number one pro-Brexit party at a time when tensions in society are running so high. A senior party member told the Telegraph she has felt uneasy about her new role ever since she was spat at on a train station platform after winning the leadership contest.
Diane James has quit as leader of the UK Independence Party after just 18 days in charge. The 56-year-old was voted in as leader last month with 8,451 votes, having fought off competition from Lisa Duffy, Bill Etheridge, Elizabeth Jones and Phillip Broughton. But in a statement on Tuesday evening, the 56-year-old MEP for South East England said that it had become clear in discussions with party officials that she did not have “sufficient authority” to push through changes which she had planned. Ms James revealed she had not yet formalised her nomination as leader, meaning predecessor Nigel Farage is still technically in charge. She said: “It is with great regret that I announce that I will not be formalising my recent nomination to become the new leader of the party with the Electoral Commission. “Having won the enthusiastic support of party members, I was nominated by them as the new leader at the recent Ukip Bournemouth conference.”
UKIP leader Diane James is standing down from her role 18 days after she was elected. In a statement to the Times newspaper, she said she would not be “formalising my recent nomination”. The 56-year-old MEP for South East England said she did not have “sufficient authority” to see through changes she had planned. Ms James succeeded Nigel Farage on 16 September after he quit in the wake of the UK’s vote to leave the EU. She had not appointed a deputy and UKIP officials were unable to say who was leading the party. Party chairman Paul Oakden said he had received confirmation that Ms James “has chosen to resign”.
UKIP leader Diane James has quit her job just 18 days after taking over from Nigel Farage. She became the party’s first female leader on 16 September after a landslide victory in the leadership contest. In a statement, she said it was with “great regret” and that the decision was down to “personal and professional reasons”. The personal reasons are understood to be related to her husband being unwell, said Sky’s chief political correspondent Jon Craig.
Diane James has quit as Ukip leader after just 18 days in the job, saying she had enjoyed the support of members but not party colleagues. In a sign of the turmoil that has engulfed Ukip since her predecessor Nigel Farage resigned, she said: “It has become clear I do not have sufficient authority, nor the full support of MEP colleagues and party officers to implement the changes I believe are necessary and upon which I based my campaign.” Citing both personal and professional reasons for quitting, she also said she would continue as MEP for South East England. She tweeted the statement along with a message of thanks to all supporters who attended her leadership speeches over the summer.
Diane James will not formalise her nomination as Ukip leader just 18 days after she was declared Nigel Farage’s successor. The shock twist was confirmed after MEP Ms James released a statement saying she was quitting because she did not have “sufficient authority” to make the changes she thought necessary. Her departure has led to immediate speculation that Nigel Farage could come back to lead the party for a third time in his political career. In her a statement Ms James said: “It is with great regret that I announce that I will not be formalising my recent nomination to become the new leader of the party with the Electoral Commission. “Having won the enthusiastic support of party members, I was nominated by them as the new leader at the recent Ukip Bournemouth conference.
Ukip was thrown into turmoil last night after Diane James resigned as leader 18 days into the job, saying that she did not have enough authority to reform the party. The South East MEP’s office issued The Times with a statement from Ms James which said that she had decided to step down for “personal and professional reasons”. She felt shaken after being spat at on a train on her way to Cardiff last week, a party insider said. She had also complained about Ukip’s finances and was reluctant to lead without assurances about funding, it is understood.
Diane James has sensationally quit as Ukip leader tonight just 18 days after winning the race to succeed Nigel Farage. Party sources said the 51-year-old had been ‘deeply unhappy’ in her new role and had given up because of personal reasons. Reports suggest she ‘shaken’ after being spat at on a train on her way to Cardiff last week, and did not feel she had assurances from some members of her party. Bookies immediately installed Mr Farage at 10-1 to make an extraordinary return to the helm of the Eurosceptic party that has been riven by infighting since the referendum. But he said tonight that he would not return for ‘ten million dollars’. Asked if he would take $20 million, he insisted: ‘No I’m not coming back, I’m really retired.’
The new contract for junior doctors in England will begin to be rolled out from today. Junior doctors have staged several strikes in protest at the imposition of the contract, which the Government says will help reduce death rates in NHS hospitals at weekends but the British Medical Association (BMA) fears will have a negative effect on staff and patients. From today, some obstetrics and gynaecology trainees will transition to the new terms and conditions of service. The BMA described it as a “watershed moment for the NHS” and has written to NHS trust chief executives asking them to pause the introduction of the contract if certain conditions are not in place. Last week, campaign group Justice for Health lost a High Court challenge against Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt over the new deal.
Cancer patients are being failed at almost nine in ten health trusts, it has emerged. Tumours are detected too late, vital treatment is delayed and tens of thousands die within a year of diagnosis. Compiled for the first time in the style of an Ofsted school rating, figures for all types of treatment show 87 per cent of the 209 health boards in England provide inadequate cancer care. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt admitted they ‘don’t make comfortable reading’, while charities called them ‘very concerning’. The ratings also expose a stark postcode lottery, with patients in some areas 20 per cent more likely to die within a year than those elsewhere. For the first time, each clinical commissioning group (CCG) – the health boards responsible for running NHS care in local areas – has been assessed on four aspects of cancer care. These included the percentage of patients diagnosed early, those who survived at least a year, the ones treated within two months, and their overall experience of NHS services.
Patients in Leicester, Newham and Redbridge receive the worst NHS cancer care in the country, according to new treatment league tables. The Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead health group, of which Theresa May’s constituency is a part, was rated one of the 24 worst areas, along with Wokingham in Berkshire, West Sussex and Hastings. More than eight out of ten areas were rated “not good enough”. Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, said the league tables “will not make comfortable reading”.
TRAINING more “home-grown” doctors to end NHS reliance on foreign medics will not be enough to plug the recruitment gap, doctor’s union the BMA said yesterday in reponse to Jemery Hunt’s nonsense pledge to replace them all. The Health Secretary announced at the Tory conference that he will lift a cap on the number of medical school places from 6,000 to 7,500 a year but that would only go part of the way to address the NHS staffing crisis, the BMA warned. Overseas medical staff would still be needed to keep the NHS running, it said. A quarter of the medical workforce are foreign doctors but £3.3 billion is spent on agency staff per year, including £1.2bn on locums of which many are from overseas, according to the government.
THERESA May fired a warning shot at the EU yesterday: Britain will never grovel to get a Brexit deal. The defiant Prime Minister pledged we will not be begging for preferential trade links during talks on leaving the EU . And she repeated her promise that the Government will not compromise with Brussels on regaining full border controls. Steely Mrs May made it clear that EU negotiators will be dealing with a brave and confident new Britain. She spoke out during a round of interviews at the Tory conference in Birmingham. The Prime Minister rejected calls for a “soft Brexit ” to give ground to Brussels over immigration. And she dismissed any idea the UK should ask which bits of EU membership we can keep. Instead, she said, Britain should be asking, “What relationship do we want with the EU?” Mrs May insisted: “When we come out of the European Union we will be an independent, sovereign country. “It’s not about the UK being a supplicant to the EU, it’s about the reciprocity. A good trade deal is going to benefit both us and the EU.”
Prime Minister Theresa May will make a bid for the centre ground in British politics on Wednesday in a speech calling for a new approach to government, based on serving “ordinary working-class people”. In her closing address at the Conservatives’ annual conference, May will call on members to appeal to the millions of traditional Labour voters who defied the opposition party’s pro-EU stance by voting to leave the European Union in June. With Labour struggling to unite after the re-election of leftist leader Jeremy Corbyn, May will say it is time to become “the party of the workers”. “I want to set our party and our country on the path towards the new centre ground of British politics – built on the values of fairness and opportunity,” she will say in her speech, according to pre-released excerpts.
Theresa May is to set out her vision of how the Conservatives can position themselves in “the new centre ground of British politics”. In her first conference speech as Tory leader, the prime minister will denounce the “sanctimonious pretence of moral superiority” of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour and insist her government can be “a force for good”. She will say: “I want to set our party and our country on the path towards the new centre ground of British politics – built on the values of fairness and opportunity – where everyone plays by the same rules and where every single person, regardless of their background or that of their parents, is given the chance to be all they want to be.” Concluding a four-day conference in Birmingham, Mrs May will draw a clear line under the era of her predecessor David Cameron by saying her administration’s aim will be to “put the power of government squarely at the service of ordinary working-class people”.
The establishment must stop sneering at the patriotism of ordinary Britons, Theresa May will say today. During her keynote speech to the Conservative conference, the Prime Minister will proclaim that the Tories are now the party of working class people. In a bid to attract millions of disaffected Labour voters across the country, she will add that concerns about immigration have for too long been dismissed as “distasteful” and “parochial”. She will attack the condescending views of politicians and establishment figures who are “bewildered” by the fact that more than 17 million people voted for Britain to leave the European Union.
JEREMY Corbyn has been accused of “pulling up the white flag” to terrorists and giving up on Britain’s defence. In a ferocious attack at the Tory party conference in Birmingham, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon gave a stark warning over the catastrophic consequences of Labour winning with its current hard Left leadership. He reminded members that Mr Corbyn had shared a platform with Islamic extremist terrorists including Hamas and Hezbollah describing them as his “friends.” He also slammed Mr Corbyn for opposing the replacement of the Trident nuclear missile defence system. He joked: “While we are getting on with the [Trident] Successor programme, they can’t even agree on a successor to Jeremy Corbyn. “Instead, they’ve just re-elected a Leader who wants to scrap our nuclear weapons, leave NATO, and talk to terrorists.” He went on: “Let me tell you waving a white flag won’t keep us safe.
New curbs on foreign workers and students may be needed to “change the tide” of public opinion on immigration, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said. She told the Conservative conference companies were “getting away” with not training British workers and tougher recruitment tests were needed. Students on “low-quality courses” could also face tougher entry rules. She promised councils £140m to address migration pressures and moves to deport EU criminals for “minor crimes”. In a wide-ranging speech, her first significant policy address since becoming home secretary in July, Ms Rudd also announced a further crackdown on illegal immigration through new powers to go after landlords, employers and banks that facilitate it.
A Islamic preacher who has referred to non-Muslims as “kuffar” and preached on how to kill homosexuals is due to deliver a set of nightly lectures at an Iranian government-backed organisation in London, Breitbart London can reveal. Shaykh Hamza Sodagar – who gained notoriety earlier this year for his lecture on “one of five” ways to kill homosexuals – is due to speak at the Islamic Republic of Iran School in north-west London between October 4th – 12th. According to a speaker biography, Mr. Sodagar regards himself as a “role model” for “young Muslims all around the world”. A recent video of the preacher features Mr. Sodagar stating: “If there’s homosexual men, the punishment is one of five things. One – the easiest one maybe – chop their head off, that’s the easiest. Second – burn them to death. Third – throw ’em off a cliff. Fourth – tear down a wall on them so they die under that. Fifth – a combination of the above”.