Party Leader Paul Nuttall annouces Resignation
Paul Nuttall has resigned as UKIP leader, saying the party has been "a victim of its own success".
UKIP had been hoping to capitalise on Brexit to make gains but failed to win a single seat as its vote share plunged by 10.8%.
Mr Nuttall, who came third in Boston and Skegness, said he had left the foundations for a new leader and insisted UKIP was "still on the pitch" and "more relevant than ever".
He said "a new era must begin with a new leader", adding the party would be the "guard dogs of Brexit".
Mr Nuttall added: "It is clear that UKIP requires a new focus, new ideas and a new energy - and it is there amongst out ranks.
"I predict after last night that if things go the way I expect, UKIP could in 18 months' time be bigger in terms of poll rating and members than it ever has been before."
Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage praised Mr Nuttall for an "excellent speech" and said he was "very sorry" about his departure.
Pete Durnell finishes 4th in West Midlands 'Metro Mayor' Elections
UKIP West Midlands candidate for the West Midlands Combined Authority Mayor Pete Durnell can 4th after all the vortes were counted with 29,000 votes, a 5.6% share of 1st Choice votes cast.
Peter put up a great campaign, appearing at over 40 debates and hustings, making numberous TV and Radion interviews and contributing to local organisations such as the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Comerce manifesto.
Pete, the Chair of UKIP's Sandwell Branch also stood as a Parliamentary Candidate in Warley in 2015 and as a candidate for the West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner role in 2016.
UKIP West Midlands would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to Pete for a job well done in the face of overwhelming odds.
The eventual winner of the Mayoral contest was Conservative Andy Street, former CEO of the John Lewis organisation.
We wish Andy Street every success in this challenging role.
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