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Anne Marie Waters: Anti-Islam candidate to stand for UKIP leadership

From BBC - August 11, 2017

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:

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's leadership bid was backed by former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson and she has previously been blocked from standing as a UKIP election candidate.

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