A former Conservative peer was today elected as the new leader of the UK Independence party (Ukip).
Lord Pearson of Rannoch will take over from Nigel Farage, who has been in charge for three years, after winning 48% of support in a ballot of party members.
Pearson was granted a peerage by Margaret Thatcher in 1990, but had the Tory whip withdrawn in 2004 after suggesting that voters should back Ukip in that year's elections.
... Lord Pearson invited controversial Dutch MP Geert Wilders to show his allegedly anti-islamist film Fitna in the House of Lords.
However, Mr Wilders was turned away from the UK in February on the grounds that he could stir up public disorder.
Lord Pearson responded with outrage, saying the visit was a "matter of free speech".
Eventually the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal decided Mr Wilders could come and he did so in October, giving a press conference with the UKIP peer by his side.
Lord Pearson is expected to make a much stronger public stand on Islam than UKIP leader than Mr Farage did.
THE TORIES ARE BETTER THAN LABOUR, BUT - UNDER CAMERON - HAVE BECOME LABOUR-LITE.
THE UKIP IS MORE RIGHT AND FORTHRIGHT ON THE BIG ISSUES. UNDER PEARSON THEY COULD EMERGE AS A BIGGER PARTY THAN LABOUR AND THE LIBERALS.
A CENTER-RIGHT (TORY-UKIP) COALITION MIGHT JUST SAVE BRITAIN FROM ISLAMIZATION AND SOVIETIZATION.