The frontrunner in the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)’s leadership contest has missed the deadline for nominations. The deadline, which was at noon today, was originally met by Steven Woolfe, the frontrunner, who currently represents North West England in the European Parliament.
Woolfe experienced technical difficulties, which led to his original 11:35 submission time not being received until 12:17.
Due to these difficulties, his nomination could be declared void, which would therefore bar him from being on the ballot paper for the election.
A spokesman for Woolfe said,
“Steven Woolfe remains a candidate in the Ukip leadership contest. He submitted his application form at 11.35am this morning, in advance of the midday deadline. However, due to technical problems on the party system, it did not successfully go through until 12.17pm. Mr Woolfe was speaking to party officials responsible for handling the application process throughout this time and right up to the deadline. He informed them that he was having technical problems. These problems were finally resolved and the paperwork submitted.”