UKIP Names Former Army Officer Henry Bolton as New Leader

Cheryl Sanders
September 29, 2017

Bolton won the leadership contest with 30 percent of the vote, the BBC reported, after his nomination was backed by Nigel Farage.

Newly elected leader Bolton takes the reigns as the party embarks on a broad relaunch and corporate rebrand.

The vote had been billed as a two-way battle between the anti-Islam candidate Anne-Marie Waters and former London Mayoral candidate Peter Whittle.

Bolton, a former police officer who also served in the army, is the fourth leader of UKIP in just over a year.

"We can't lead the nation and we can't hold the government to account and we can't achieve our core objective at all", he said.

Mr Bolton, now an global security expert, stood as the Ukip candidate in the election for the Kent crime commissioner in 2016.

Speaking at the UKIP conference in Torquay, Mr Bolton urged party members to "rally around the party", saying: "Without being united, we can not lead".

The announcement, made during UKIP's conference in Torquay in South West England comes after a hard year for the party which has now seen four leaders since the independence referendum in 2016.

However, with 29.9 per cent of the party's vote, Mr Botlon will replace Paul Nuttall, who resigned following the General Election. In a tweet, Farage claimed he was "delighted" with the result and said Bolton as a "man of real substance".

Mr Whittle, who had been touted as a likely victor, came a surprise fifth with 1,413 - an 11% share of the vote - while Ms Waters came second with 2,755 votes, a 21% vote share.

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