UKIP Leader Gerard Batten has debunked a fake news story published this morning by The Sun tabloid newspaper.
The article claims that 'senior figures' in the party believe that Mr Batten is "grooming" the political activist Tommy Robinson to be the next leader of the party.
Mr Batten said,
"A new year brings yet another fake news story about UKIP in the mainstream media. The story is a lie from start to finish. The ‘senior sources‘ quoted from within the party are people attempting to position themselves for the leadership contest when my term ends. I have always maintained that no one should be UKIP leader without years of hard work and loyalty to the party behind them."
The UKIP Leader continued,
"I am focussing all of my energy on making UKIP stronger and pressing Mrs May to deliver the exit from the European Union that 17.4 million Britons voted for. Under my leadership in 2018, the party was rescued from financial collapse, membership rose by over 8,000 and we have risen in the polls.
"I will do everything I can to continue this upward trend in 2019. UKIP is the only party that stands for a full and complete exit from the European Union."