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Will the UKIP force be with Suffolk’s Aidan Powlesland?

PUBLISHED: 08:24 07 August 2017 | UPDATED: 08:55 07 August 2017

UKIP's Aidan Powlesland. Picture: PAUL GEATER

UKIP's Aidan Powlesland. Picture: PAUL GEATER

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Could UKIP go where no party has gone before and elect a leader literally aiming for the stars?

Aidan Powlesland, the party’s South Suffolk candidate in the General Election, is one of the 11 candidates hoping to become the new UKIP leader.

During the election campaign, his address to the voters said he would like the government to: “Offer £1.2 billion worth of prizes, in the form of share capital, to the companies that win competitions to:

a) Design an interstellar colony ship.

b) Profitably mine the asteroid belt for water and/or platinum, so long as they do so by 2026.

c) That convert the ML86X design into a flying aircraft carrier(This is a giant airship being designed by an American company as a cargo-carrier).

Other runners in the UKIP leadership race include deputy leader Peter Whittle, Scottish leader David Coburn, MEP Jane Collins and London Assembly member David Kurten.

Sharia Watch director Ann Marie Waters, ex UKIP councillor Ben Walker, former Kent police and crime commissioner candidate Henry Bolton and direct democracy activist John Rees-Evans, who came third in the last contest, are also fighting for the top job, along with David Allen and Marion Mason.

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage ruled himself out of the contest, while previous leadership candidate Bill Etheridge withdrew last month, warning that candidates such as Ms Waters and Mr Whittle would take the party to a “dark place” because of their obsession with Islam.

The party is now verifying the information of applicants and “completing vetting checks” ahead of a meeting of UKIP’s National Executive Committee (NEC) on August 11.

The NEC will approve the final list of candidates who will appear on the ballot paper.

Paul Nuttall resigned as leader after UKIP failed to win any seats at the General Election.

This triggered the third UKIP leadership race in a year, with former leader Diane James having quit in October, just 18 days after taking the job.

She won the contest to replace Mr Farage, who stepped down as UKIP head after the EU referendum.

Ballot papers will be issued on September 1 and the new leader will be announced at UKIP’s conference in Torquay on September 29.

Thousands of students in Suffolk will tomorrow find out their A-level results: Thursday, August 17. Here is a guide for parents and students about what happens on the day and what to do after discovering your results, with advice from the University of Suffolk and UCAS.

They have travelled through time, chased bad guys and entertained millions of viewers – now they are coming to Suffolk.

When Suffolk mother-of-three Jo Cresdee decided to compete in a 100km ultramarathon, her friends and family thought she was insane.

A Sudbury gardener who took “up-skirt” pictures of young girls in shops and in the street has been jailed for 18 months.

A pedestrian has been taken to hospital with head and neck pain after being struck by a lorry in Sudbury.

Paramedics have been spotted at Thorpe-le-Soken station in Essex this afternoon – they are currently helping a woman who has gone into labour.

A group of young people on Inspire Suffolk’s team programme have been working hard to benefit the residents of a nursing home by improving their garden area.

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