Former army officer elected Ukip leader

Henry Bolton addresses the party conference

But their new leader has promised to rally the party behind their core message of a guaranteed hard Brexit. He's a former soldier who used to be in the Lib Dems.

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Britain's anti-European Union UKIP party has elected former army officer Henry Bolton its new leader, handing him the job of trying to stop the party that helped bring about Brexit becoming irrelevant. "I abhor the rhetoric that we are at war with Islam".

Political analyst Mike Indian told Yasmeen Khan: "Crucially about Mr Bolton is he is very much coming at this tacitly with Nigel Farage's endorsement".

On his personal website, Bolton says he will "resume Nigel Farage's legacy by restoring UKIP's relevance and authority".

"Even last week, the clear divisions within the party could be seen here in Kent, as Mr Bolton and Chris Wells, the leader of Ukip's only council in the country in Thanet, publicly clashed over the future of Manston airport and the general running of the council".

Ukip leader Henry Bolton
PAHenry Bolton at the Ukip annual party conference

Bolton's victory was a shock to nearly all in attendance at the announcement in Torquay.

Henry Bolton saw off a challenge from anti-Islam campaigner Anne Marie Waters to win with 30% of the vote.

Outside of Ukip circles, Bolton is a relative unknown.

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. The party won no seats and just 1.8% of the national vote, down from the 12.6% of the vote it won in 2015.

The Ukip leadership election was called following the resignation of Paul Nuttall in the wake of the party's disastrous showing at the 2017 election. Bolton reportedly said he was "fine" with the new design.

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