The race for the leadership of the UK Independence Party is on.
Now, although there are concerns about various aspects of this election as well as the structure and future of our great party, now is the time to forge ahead with the leadership election process and choose our new leader.
The task of taking the party forward then becomes their responsibility and our job will be to help that person take us there on both a party and national level. And that includes the modernisation of UKIP.
But first we have to choose a leader and, despite what you may feel, you can only choose from the list put in front of you. What we as members must do now, is swiftly and decisively select the leader that can build on the vast achievement that Nigel Farage led us to so successfully.
So I was delighted when I learned on Saturday that Diane James had just joined the fray.
Diane James has the qualities required to take UKIP forward to the next level.
Diane James has the determination and will to ensure that Brexit means Brexit.
Diane James has the intelligence and knowledge needed to take the battle to those Remainers that wish to frustrate the will of the people.
Diane James can think on her feet and has a proven track record of taking on the best of interviewers and opposing politicians.
And within hours of declaring her interest she had gained hundreds of supporters within UKIP and is now coming up as the bookies clear favourite.
I urge all members to vote for Diane James to give her the overwhelming mandate needed to take us forward.
Diane James is the leader that UKIP needs right now!