British eurosceptic party UKIP was thrown into turmoil again on Saturday when its members removed leader Henry Bolton after less than five months in charge following criticism of his leadership and a scandal about racist comments made by his lover.
Bolton, who called for the meeting after being given a vote of no confidence by party chiefs in January, lost a ballot of members with 63% backing his sacking.
Mr Bolton's leadership has been in the spotlight due to his relationship with Jo Marney, who sent racist messages about Prince Harry's fiancé Meghan Markle.
Ukip's National Executive Committee moved swiftly afterwards to appoint as interim leader the party veteran and MEP Gerard Batten, who is notorious for calling Islam a "death cult".
Speculation is mounting that Mr Bolton's exit could pave the way for the return of former leader Nigel Farage.
Bolton was the third elected leader since Farage stepped down and had vowed major reform of the party.
"After more than 20 years of touring the country, addressing 1,500 public meetings at which I pushed the Ukip message and built up the party, I look on the latest twist in its 25-year history with a mixture of dismay and disbelief".
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The ex-Army officer had lasted less than six months in the post and the pro-Brexit party will now have to go through its fourth leadership election since the European Union referendum.
The pro-Brexit party has lurched from crisis to crisis since Mr Farage relinquished power following the 2016 referendum, with a succession of leading party figures failing to keep a grip on the leadership.
Today's vote vote followed revelations about his private life and his relationship with Jo Marney, a glamour model from Maidstone.
Mr Bolton hit out at the media interest following the breakdown of his marriage to Tatiana Smurova and his new relationship with Ms Marney. "I ain't going anywhere".
Senior Ukip figure Suzanne Evans told the Press Association ahead of the vote that it was "crunch time" for the party and Mr Farage should again take the helm.
Mr Wauchope, who stood for the party in North Thanet at the general election in 2015, said: "It has been an enormously damaging period for the party".
Mr Bolton also denied reports that he threatened to sue the party during the leadership contest, saying: "There have been issues that I believe and my legal advice believes has been instrumental in creating a situation which has brought about this vote of no confidence and this EGM".