Man nobody has ever heard of is the new leader of Ukip

30 September, 2017, 01:36 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Man nobody has ever heard of is the new leader of Ukip

Whittle, who is arguably the party's most well-known remaining figure, was the bookmakers' favourite to win the contest just hours before the result was announced, but finished in fifth-place with 1,413 votes (10.9%).

Mass resignations, including 18 of the party's 20 MEPs, had been threatened if the far-right candidate, who has described Islam as evil, had won.

Some 12,915 people voted in the leadership contest, which is 46.5% of the party membership.

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

The ex-soldier, who saw off a challenge from anti-Islam campaigner Anne Marie Waters, won with 30% of the vote.

"Without being united, we can not lead", he said.


Quoting the "serve to lead" motto of the Sandhurst royal military academy - from which he was a graduate - Mr Bolton said: "I do not see myself now as being simply your leader, I see myself as serving this party".

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.

Indeed, Mr Bolton joked to members in his victory speech, saying: "I would like to thank those who didn't vote for me because you were probably trying to do me a favour".

The party is reported to be in buoyant mood at its Torquay conference, despite the leadership turmoil, as it seeks to capitalise on what it sees as Prime Minister Theresa May's "backsliding" on Brexit. Mr Farage today tweeted that he was "delighted", adding that Mr Bolton is "a man of real substance". Here's everything you need to know.

Ms Waters has been publicly backed by ex-English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson, has made her stance against Islam a key part of the campaign.

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