THE chairman of UKIP in Bradford and District has resigned.

Jason Smith stepped down from the role today after 12 years.

He said: "During my tenure as chairman I have had the privilege of working with many great people. Together with colleagues, we built a branch that significantly punched above our weight in both local and parliamentary elections.

"This year I achieved my own personal political ambition when I led the Leave EU campaign in Bradford and secured a win for Leave in Bradford against all the odds. The fact we achieved a win for Leave was great testament to our activists and supporters, the majority of which were UKIP.

"While I have enjoyed the 12-year ride as leader of Bradford UKIP, the role has taken a great toll on me, my family and my business, and I feel this is the right time to step aside and pass the torch.

"I wish my successor all the best."