Lord Pearson new UKIP leader

Lord Pearson of Rannoch has been announced as the new leader of UKIP following the results of the Party members’ ballot.

With 48% of the vote, Lord Pearson was a clear winner from London UKIP MEP Gerard Batten, followed by the two West Midlands MEPs Nikki Sinclaire and Mike Nattrass and Party returning officer Alan Wood.

The result was announced to a packed press room at Cooper’s Hall in the City of London yesterday.

In accepting his appointment, Lord Pearson spoke of his plans for the future of UKIP, including a restructure of the party organisation, the establishment of a fundraising committee and the appointment of a chief executive.

He also gave a broad policy outline on issues such as health, education and direct democracy which will widen UKIP’s appeal in the upcoming General Election.

But he warned of the challenges that lay ahead, saying the party needed members and money to provide the energy needed to achieve its goals.

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