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Ex-aide to Nigel Farage ends bid for Ukip leadership

By Sam Lister

Four candidates will battle it out to become the new leader of Ukip after a former aide to Nigel Farage quit the race hours before nominations closed.

Former deputy leader Paul Nuttall and Suzanne Evans, ex-deputy party chairman, are the candidates considered most likely to take the top job on November 28.

John Rees-Evans, who stood in Wales for the party at the general election, and London Assembly member Peter Whittle have also made it on to the ballot paper.

It comes after Raheem Kassam announced he was pulling out of the contest because "the path to victory is too narrow".

MEP Steven Woolfe, who was considered the frontrunner, quit the race and the party following an altercation with Ukip MEP Mike Hookem in the European Parliament which left him in hospital.

In the first Ukip leadership contest of the year, Mr Woolfe's bid was rejected when he submitted his nomination papers 17 minutes late.

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