From Huffington Post:
The favourite to take over as Ukip leader has missed every hustings so far because she is in France – and may not take part in any of the future debates.
Diane James, who is the most high-profile candidate in the race to succeed Nigel Farage, has failed to attend three leadership hustings this week, and looks set to miss a fourth one this evening.
The hustings have been held in Northern England and Scotland – precisely the areas that Ukip is hoping to make significant electoral gains.
One party insider joked that James is being dubbed “Queen of the South” as she seems reluctant to travel north, while another remarked they were going to produce a “missing” poster for the MEP.
A spokesperson for her campaign would not comment on whether James was in the country, but insisted she is running her own campaign which means she might miss all the hustings.
They said: “The campaign is up and running and we will be are making an energetic case for Diane to be the next Ukip leader.
“She wants to win, and she is running the campaign her way.”
Leadership rival Bill Etheridge took to Twitter last night after hustings in Wakefield to criticise not just her no-show, but also the non-appearance of Liz Jones, another contender based in the South.
George Galloway speaks to an outsider candidate Elizabeth Jones. She claims to walk the walk on many things and advocates zero gain migration, a policy deemed by Galloway as stark raving bonkers.
Originally broadcasted on talkRADIO 12th August 2016.