Henry Bolton elected the new leader of UKIP in shock result

Henry Bolton elected the new leader of UKIP in shock result

His position as head of the anti-EU party may raise eyebrows among his former colleagues in Brussels, where he worked for the European Union as lead strategist on common defence policy. A former soldier, Bolton is a one-time Lib Dem member who has worked as an European Union common defence strategist.

12,915 votes were cast in the leadership election, a 46% turnout.

Henry Bolton has been elected the new leader of UKIP in a surprise result.

Nigel Farage has told LBC Ukip has been given "hope" after the party elected Henry Bolton as its new leader.

He added that UKIP will fight for "a nation that is proud to be called British".

Mr Farage said he was "delighted" Mr Bolton had won the leadership battle.

Bolton, who was backed by Farage, won the leadership nod ahead of Anne Marie Waters, a vocal anti-Islam campaigner who wants an end to immigration to Britain from Muslim societies.

Henry Bolton elected the new leader of UKIP in shock result
Henry Bolton elected the new leader of UKIP in shock result

Bolton's victory was a shock to nearly all in attendance at the announcement in Torquay. Henry Bolton secured over 3,800 votes, 1,000 more than Ms Waters, who came second.

Reacting to the news, UKIP MEP David Coburn tweeted: "Congrats to Henry Bolton thank God the terrible @AMDWaters or ghastly @prwhittle didn't win".

Led by the charismatic Nigel Farage, UKIP won almost four million votes in 2015, 12.6 per cent of those cast, on its anti-European Union platform, projecting it to the forefront of British politics even though it only managed to win one seat in parliament.

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Earlier on Friday, the party revealed its new logo, which people quickly pointed out closely resembles the logo of the Barclays Premier League.

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