“And we’ve proved why they have had their day and we are going to ensure they will never, ever rise from the political ashes again.”
She described Ukip as “the political change movement of the UK”.
Diane James has been voted Ukip leader
“Just remember where the best ideas you steal where they come from and where they will most likely come from again in the future.”
Ms James said she would not be a “Nigel-lite” as she replaces Mr Farage as she called for the party to unite after weeks of infighting.
She said: “If I’m not leader with you people behind me that title is meaningless.”
In a promise of a successful future for Ukip, Ms James vowed: “We are going to confound our critics.
“We are going to out-wit our opponents.”
She urged members to “support and work with me, win with me, make Ukip the winning machine it will become”.
Diane James celebrating with Nigel Farage
Mr Farage earlier said he was “guessing it’s going to be a her” as he offered a strong hint over the leadership result.
During a humorous final speech as Ukip leader, he told the party faithful: “We will find out at half past one who our new leader is and I wish them – I’m guessing it’s going to be a her but we’ll see – I wish them the very best of luck.
“And my job is not to meddle my job is not to try and influence but my job will be if that leader wants any help and advice then make no mistake about it I am still fore square behind this party and its aims.”
Earlier Ukip’s chairman Paul Oakden welcomed the party’s membership as “winners” as the battle to replace Mr Farage went down to the wire.
Before Ms James election, party sources had suggested a large number of spoiled ballot papers in the leadership election, including many calling for Mr Farage to stay on as leader, could have throw up a surprise result.
Diane James giving her winner’s speech after becoming the new Ukip leader
Diane James won with nearly half the votes
UKIP leadership contenders (Left to right) Lisa Duffy, Bill Etheridge, Diane James
UKIP leadership contenders Phillip Broughton (left) and Elizabeth Jones (right)
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