A matter of months after the U.K. Independence Party achieved its founding aim of securing Britain's exit from the European Union, the party appears to be fighting for its political life. Long-time leader Nigel Farage quit just after the referendum to be replaced by Diane James, who lasted just 18 days in the job. Then after a fight in Brussels with a fellow UKIP member that ended in his hospitalisation, Steven Woolfe quit labelling the party "ungovernable".
In a bid to turn the party around, leadership candidate Suzanne Evans is calling for UKIP to reposition itself as a centrist political force. Speaking to CNBC on Thursday she argued: "There's a desperate need in British politics for that third party that sits at the centre ground, which both the Labour Party and the Conservative Party have completely abandoned."
"I will ditch the right wing, Trump-style rhetoric and appeal to the common sense center," Evans added in a blog post.
Her comments appear aimed at rival UKIP leadership contender Raheem Kassam, whose campaign draws inspiration from Donald Trump's presidential bid. Indeed, his campaign slogan is "Make UKIP Great Again." The UKIP candidate has also praised the Republican presidential nominee's stance on NATO and his proposal to restrict Muslim immigration into the US.