A UKIP councillor in Cambridgeshire has been backed to replace Nigel Farage as the party’s leader.
Councillor Lisa Duffy, who represents the Ramsey ward in Huntingdonshire District Council, has said she is considering standing for the top job.
And she has received strong support from Jay Beecher, deputy chairman of UKIP Peterborough.
He said: “We need to appreciate that Nigel Farage fought hard for all of his political career to have the voice of the people heard, to get us a referendum and to win our independence back. He has been at the forefront of achieving that and will still be working with UKIP as it now goes from strength to strength.
“I of course work closely with [MEP] Patrick O’Flynn and his office. What I can say is that it’s extremely likely that Lisa Duffy will be running for the leadership and has gained a great deal of support across the UK already.
“Lisa was the director of UKIP, is passionate, organised, and appeals to a wider audience. I’m certain that she will be the next leader of UKIP and that she’ll be able to move the party forward, and I’ll be giving her my full support.
“A formal announcement will be made soon.”