Here's the glamorous Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugs with Lord Pearson at the Free Speech Summit - Palm Peach 2009
A former Conservative peer was today elected the new leader of the UK Independence Party.
Lord Pearson of Rannoch will take over from Nigel Farage, who has been in charge for three years, after polling 48 per cent in a ballot of party members.
He was granted a peerage by Margaret Thatcher in 1990 but had the Tory whip withdrawn after suggesting voters should support UKIP in the elections in 2004.
He is a strong supporter of freedom of speech and earlier this year invited right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders to Britain to screen a controversial film about Islam.
In his acceptance speech today, Lord Pearson said his ambition was to win enough support to force a hung Parliament in next year's general election.
UKIP campaigns for Britain's withdrawal from the European Union and has seen its support grow as people have become frustrated with the mainstream parties.
Party chiefs will hope that Lord Pearson's appointment helps it attract more disenchanted Tory voters in the run-up to the general election next year.
Lord Pearson said today: 'Ukip is not for sheep, Ukip is not for lemmings. Ukip is for people who think and act for themselves and it is for people who now for many years have seen through the lies of our political class and our main political parties, particularly in regard to our relationship with the European Union.
'If you want to go on being deceived by the main parties, then stay in them and vote for them. If you don't, the only way forward now is Ukip. It is the only show in town.'
He said the Lisbon Treaty was the 'last nail in the coffin' of Britain's democracy. and that the EU was now 'a country, superior to the vassal states'.
He continued: 'My ambition is for UKIP to do well enough at the next general election so that we can force a hung Parliament and a re-alignment in British politics.
'Of course, we will be majoring on leaving the European Union - we can't control our borders without that, we can't control immigration and we will save billions.'
Mr Farage stood down so tjhat he can concentrate on his role as an MEP and on fighting Speaker John Bercow for the Buckingham constituency at the next election.
'The party has never been stronger and never been more united than it is now,' he said today.