UKIP remains relevant and is “needed now like never before” its leader in Wales has insisted ahead of the party’s annual conference in Newport.

UKIP has struggled badly since helping to secure a leave vote in the 2016 EU referendum.

Earlier this week the party’s newly-elected UK leader, Richard Braine, said he would not be attending the conference due to “low ticket sales”.

Party chair Kirstan Herriot described the decision as “an insult”.

Having come out on top across the UK in the 2014 European elections, UKIP finished eighth this time around, losing all its MEPs as the Brexit Party – led by former UKIP leader Nigel Farage – swept to victory, raising further questions about UKIP’s future and relevance.

However, ahead of the party’s conference at the

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