The UKIP leadership debacle took a dramatic turn this morning as Shawn the Hampster from Hemel Hempstead threw his hat into the ring.

Shawn, well know for his ability to do back-flips from the bars of his cage and for having massive front teeth, declared an interest in becoming UKIP leader. 

Shawn said; “I’ve always got on well with big Nige and being small am less likely to get into a fist fight in Brussels.”

Political commentator, Graham Stewart said; “Shawn is a shrewd political animal, I wouldn’t rule him out just yet, let’s not forget he was Shadow Chief Secretary To The Treasury during the Major administration.”