Ukip leader Diane James has quit the role after just 18 days.
Ms James said on Tuesday night that she does not “have sufficient authority, nor the full support” of Ukip MEPs and officers to reform party.
In a statement 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.
There’s a franchise and a movement out there. All it needs is a leader….
It’s as good an opportunity as anyones’ had these past 50 years, on a par with the SNP and SDP, to change the electoral landscape. Just needs someone who can ride it.
Surveying those who did run not sure the party’s got one though.