Kenyan born UKIP leader Henry Bolton has been sacked as party chief after losing today’s vote of no confidence at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham.
1,378 ballots were cast in the vote, with 867 people backed the motion of no confidence (63 percent).
Just 500 people backed the leader (37 percent), making it was a landslide defeat for Mr Bolton who will now be replaced by an interim leader.
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The party will now hold a new leadership election, with the winner set to be announced by the end of May.
Pressure had been put on Mr Bolton to resign after reports his 25-year-old model partner sent racist messages about Prince Harry’s mixed-race fiancee Meghan Markle.
Since the story broke, Mr Bolton has claimed the media scrutiny of his private life was like that experienced by Princess Diana.
Before today’s vote, former leader Nigel Farage wrote in the Daily Telegraph: “I believe it would be better to allow Mr Bolton, with all his faults, the chance to turn Ukip into an electoral machine again.
“The alternative is for the party to carry on down the path of self-destruction into irrelevance.
“It may be too late to save UKIP but you never know.”
Gerard Batten, a long-serving MEP, has been installed as interim leader, with the permanent replacement due to be elected within 90 days.