An anti-Islam candidate has been allowed to stand for the UKIP leadership.
Anne Marie Waters, a former Labour activist and founder of the Sharia Watch pressure group, has previously called Islam “evil”.
Her leadership bid has split the party, with some MEPs threatening to quit if she was allowed into the race.
But the UKIP National Executive Committee, which vets all would-be candidates, has allowed her to stand.
The other candidates to replace Paul Nuttall – who stood down after UKIP’s poor performance in June’s general election – are:
- Henry Bolton
- David Coburn
- Jane Collins
- David Kurten
- Marion Mason
- Aidan Powlesland
- John Rees-Evans
- Ben Walker
- Anne Marie Waters
- Peter Whittle
- David Allen
Voting papers will be sent to party members over the next few weeks and the new leader will be announced at the party’s annual conference in Torquay on the 29th and 30th of September.
Ms Waters, whose leadership bid was backed by former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson, has previously been blocked from standing as a UKIP election candidate.
She believes her anti-Islam message, including a proposed ban on the burka, the closure of all sharia councils and a temporary freeze on all immigration, will strike a chord with many voters.
She has argued that UKIP could regain support if it had the “guts” to be “honest about Islam” and challenge the view that it has “nothing to do” with jihadist violence.
He told BBC News last month: “If UKIP goes down the route of being a party that is anti the religion of Islam, then frankly it’s finished.”