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Havering Ukip Cllr Lawrence Webb stands as deputy in party’s leadership contest

PUBLISHED: 15:54 29 July 2016 | UPDATED: 15:57 29 July 2016

Lawrence Webb  ( Ukip )

Lawrence Webb ( Ukip )

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A Havering councillor is standing as deputy of one of the candidates in Ukip’s leadership election.

Leader of the Ukip group at the council Cllr Lawrence Webb will second Elizabeth Jones – a candidate in the party’s upcoming leadership contest.

Ukip frontman Nigel Farage resigned as leader of the party earlier this month, following the success of the Brexit vote, which his party strongly campaigned for.

In a statement following the announcement of their leadership bid, the pair said they wanted to make Ukip the only alternative to the Conservative Party.

“We want to bring our experience of campaigning, electioneering and representing our party loyally, vigorously and determinedly, to the attention of all of those in this country who voted for Brexit – to make Ukip the natural alternative, the decent alternative, the only alternative to a Conservative Party led government full of those who want Britain to remain inside the EU like Theresa May.”

The pair said they will focus on making the party win parliamentary seats while reforming it at grassroots level.

In January, Cllr Webb, who represents Gooshays, attracted media attention after presenting the council with a controversial motion to agree Britain would be better off outside the European Union.

Members voted by 30 to 15 to agree to motion and Havering Council became the first in Britain to back the EU “Out” campaign.

Veteran Elizabeth Jones is an elected member of Ukip’s ruling National Executive Committee. She stood as an MEP for London in 2014 and is the deputy chairwoman for Ukip in Lambeth.

A new Ukip leader should be elected by mid-September’s party conference.


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