Six years ago, I joined Ukip. Since then, I have campaigned with all my energy, time and determination to champion the party's core beliefs and values. I have been proud to stand in local, general, PCC and London assembly elections - and of course to be elected as a North West MEP.
I have been proud to be a part of the team led by Nigel Farage, one of Britain's greatest ever politicians. He brought me into the party and helped us win the referendum - a moment I will always treasure. Without Nigel, the donors, the team members and the activists, the UK would not be free today. It was because of the support from party members that I put my name forward to lead the party in the Summer, and again two weeks ago following Diane's resignation.