BBC News:UKIP's leader announces plans to quit on day he is confirmed


UKIP has confirmed Gerard Batten as its new leader - and he has said he will resign in 12 months' time.

The MEP, who had been interim leader since February. said that as he was elected unopposed he would step down so a full contest can take place.

Mr Batten said he will "concentrate on doing all I can to restore the party's fortunes."

He is the fourth person to lead UKIP in 19 months, as the party's popularity has crumbled since the EU referendum.

He took over from Henry Bolton in February after a racism row saw Mr Bolton ousted from the party.

Mr Batten said as interim leader he had "made a number of decisions that have put the party on a firm footing financially and organisationally".

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