27/11/2009

Pearson Chosen As New UKIP Leader

The UK Independence Party has chosen Lord Pearson of Rannoch as the man to lead it into the next general election.

Lord Pearson will succeed outgoing party leader Nigel Farage, who stood down to focus on his Parliamentary ambitions.

UKIP came second to the Conservatives in June's European elections.

The party hopes to bolster this electoral success at next year's polls.

Lord Pearson defeated MEPs Gerard Batten, Mike Nattrass and Nikki Sinclaire, and Alan Wood, a councillor from Wiltshire, in the contest.

(PR/KMcA)

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