Ukip’s leadership race has barely begun but the contest has already delivered plenty of drama. The frontrunner Steven Woolfe missed out on entering his nomination in time after a ‘Computer says no’ moment, and it’s also emerged that Woolfe failed to declare a drink-driving conviction when he ran for office in 2012 – potentially breaching electoral rules. But whilst we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out whether Woolfe actually makes it on to the ballot paper, a number of other candidates are also vying to take over from Nigel Farage: Ukip MEPs Jonathan Arnott and Bill Etheridge and Diane James amongst them. So who will come out on top? In this edition of the Spectator’s Coffee House Shots podcast, James Forsyth speaks to Lara Prendergast. He tells Lara:
‘This leadership race sums up Ukip’s problems so far: Steven Woolfe and whether he submitted his nominations in time, Suzanne Evans not being allowed to stand because she was suspended from the party. If you think the challenge for Ukip is to try and professionalize and move beyond the faction fighting and personality cult stuff, this contest so far is not suggesting the party is capable of that’.
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