Three challenge Farage for Ukip leadership

Former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage is to face three challengers in his bid to regain control of the party.

When nominations for the leadership elections closed last night, David Campbell-Bannerman, economist Tim Congdon and former boxer Winston McKenzie had also secured the necessary support to stand.

MEP Mr Farage stepped down as leader to fight an unsuccessful campaign to unseat Speaker John Bercow in the general election.

But a new contest was triggered when his successor Lord Pearson of Rannoch quit after nine months, saying he was not cut out for the job.

All of Ukip's members will have a vote in the postal ballot, with the new leader announced on November 5.

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