Wednesday’s political round-up

Theresa May's visit to Germany in July 2016.

Theresa May’s visit to Germany in July 2016.

UKIP leader Diane James to stand down; Farage back in

UKIP leader Diane James has announced her resignation as leader of the UKIP party after only 18 days in charge. She was elected as leader of the party after Nigel Farage stepped down in the wake of the vote for the UK to leave the EU.

Ex-leader Nigel Farage has announced that he will step back into the UKIP party as leader for his third stint to replace Diane James.

Mrs James is the latest politician in a long line of pro-Brexit politicians to step down after the British public voted to leave the EU back in June. There has been mixed reports from the party, with some citing her husband’s ill health as the reason for her standing down and others saying she was reluctant to be leader from the start.

In an official comment, she stated: “It has become clear I do not have sufficient authority, nor the full support of all my MEP colleagues and party officers to implement changes I believe necessary and upon which I based my campaign.”

Her resignation has sparked speculation that the prominent anti-EU campaigner and former UKIP leader Nigel Farage could be about to get back into politics.

Final day of the Tories party conference

Prime Minister Theresa May will close the Conservative Party conference later today and will call for a “new approach” to politics. The PM will give a speech to the conference in which she will promise to help “ordinary working class people”.

It is clear that May will attempt to gain support from disenfranchised Labour voters by bringing the party to a middle ground.

“I want to set our party and our country on the path towards the new centre ground of British politics, built on the values of fairness and opportunity,” is what she is expected to say according to released excerpts.

She will speak straight after Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who will claim that the SNP “does not speak for Scotland” and that Scotland does not want another independence referendum. Davidson will also encourage young women in the UK to see the PM as an example that “gender is no barrier to advancement” in Britain.

The Vice-Presidential debate continues

The Vice-Presidential candidates in the US engaged in a heated debate last night at Longwood University, Virginia. Democratic Senator Tim Kaine and Republican Governor Mike Pence argued on a series of topics including foreign affairs and health services.

The harshest blows, however, were kept for the presidential candidates themselves. Donald Trump was compared to a “fool or a maniac” while Hillary Clinton was described as “weak and feckless”. Kaine criticised Trump’s praise for Putin in one of the more heated moments stating, “If you don’t know the difference between dictatorship and leadership, then you’ve got to go back to a fifth-grade civics class”.

This exchange was the preview for a second presidential debate on Sunday in Missouri as Trump looks to bounce back from a ropey performance in the first debate.

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