A Ukip MEP has quit his post as a party whip after an anti-Islam campaigner was cleared to stand in the party's leadership election.

Mike Hookem said he was resigning as deputy whip in the European parliament after the chief whip, Stuart Agnew, declared his support for Anne Marie Waters.

Waters, founder of the Sharia Watch pressure group who has previously called Islam "evil", was one of 11 candidates cleared to run in the leadership contest by the Ukip national executive committee.

Previously, the party's leaders had blocked her from being a candidate in June's national election, citing her views on Islam. The party's former leader Nigel Farage has said Ukip will be "finished" if it becomes an anti-Islam party.

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