Steve Laws is standing in the Southend West by-election on behalf of UKIP.
UKIP (UK Independence Party)
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BBC Politics Wales
By Tim Donovan & Susana Mendonca & Sam Francis
Freddy Vacha says he has "the passion, the drive, the conviction" to lead Ukip and he does not care if people criticised him.
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A former UKIP politician who co-wrote the party’s 2019 manifesto has handed in his membership to run for mayor of London as an independent.
David Kurten, who sits on the London Assembly as a Brexit Alliance Group member, says he offers a “unique” social conservative platform.
The controversial politician favours extremely limited immigration, advocating 10,000 net migrants a year to fill skills gaps.
He has previously suggested that homosexuality could be linked to childhood sexual abuse, and opposes LGBT sex education.
And he was criticised for “dehumanising” disabled people after referring to Remain voters as “retards”.
Mr Kurten told the Local Democracy Service he would fill a “political space” in the Mayoral race.
He said the politics of UKIP and the Brexit Party would need “rebranding” after Britain leaves the EU later this month.
By Brian Wheeler
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage answered caller's questions ahead of the General Election