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Raheem Kassam has pulled out of the UKIP leadership race, leaving Suzanne Evans, Paul Nuttall, John Rees Evans and Peter Whittle still contending the party’s leadership.
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UK Independence Party leadership candidate Raheem Kassam has pulled out of the race just three days after the official launch of his campaign.
The former aide to leader Nigel Farage said he was not “satisfied about the integrity of the process”.
In a statement announcing his withdrawal, Mr Kassam said those at the top of UKIP were treating the contest “like a coronation”, adding he was “not satisfied about the integrity of the process”.
Nigel Farage’s former aide Raheem Kassam has condemned a lack of “integrity” in Ukip’s leadership process as he pulled out of the race to become party leader.
Kassam had been considered among the three frontrunners to succeed Farage but said “the path to victory is too narrow”.
In a statement on his Make Ukip Great Again campaign website, he said “the top of the party is treating this like a coronation” and said complaints he had made to the party chairman had not been acted on.
Raheem Kassam, a former aide to Nigel Farage, has dropped out of the race to become the next leader of UKIP.
In a statement, Mr Kassam said he had come to realise “the path to victory is too narrow” and urged his backers to support former London mayoral candidate Peter Whittle.
He revealed he could not raise enough money for his leadership bid to be any more than a digital campaign based in Westminster, and also complained of “disgraceful treatment by the media”.
Here is Raheem Kassam’s statement which was sent to his supporters: