Suzanne Evans throws her hat into the ring as Ukip candidate for Mayor of London

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Evans quit her role as the party's policy chief in May (Source: Getty)

Ukip deputy chair Suzanne Evans has announced plans to run as the Ukip candidate for the Mayor of London.

Evans, who quit her role as the party's policy chief after the election in May, announced her plans on Iain Dale's show on LBC London Radio.

Her announcement makes Evans the party's frontrunner in a race which is likely to include Peter Whittle, the party's culture spokesman.

A Ukip spokesman told City A.M. this morning he was "delighted" Evans had thrown her had into the ring.

"We're proud of those putting their names forward. There should be a proper decent election process," he said.

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