Who is Henry Bolton? New Ukip leader and former British Army officer who has an OBE with Nigel Farage’s backing

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FORMER cop and army officer Henry Bolton OBE has been elected leader of Ukip – in a shock result which caught the party and political commentators by surprise.

But who is the man who has pledged to “restore Nigel Farage‘s legacy”. Here’s everything you need to know.

 Henry Bolton has been announced as Ukip's new leader

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Henry Bolton has been announced as Ukip’s new leader

Who is Henry Bolton?

Former police officer and soldier Henry Bolton is Ukip’s new leader following a shock result.

After the announcement, he told the party members: “Brexit is our core task, however, it is not the end of the line.”

Bolton had warned his party against a lurch to the right and said he wanted to “resume Nigel Farage’s legacy by restoring UKIP’s relevance and authority”.

He had challenged the decision to allow far-right candidate Waters to stand saying Ukip was in danger of becoming the “UK Nazi party”.

Bolton, who had the backing of Farage, previously stood to be Kent Police Crime Commissioner, losing out to the Tories.

He had joined Ukip in 2014 having stood for the Liberal Democrats in the 2005 General Election.

Following Bolton’s election as leader, Nigel Farage tweeted: “I am delighted @_HenryBolton has won the UKIP leadership election. He is a man of real substance.”

Bolton was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to international security and is considered an expert on border management.

 Henry Bolton once stood as a Liberal Democrat

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Henry Bolton once stood as a Liberal Democrat

When was he elected leader?

Henry Bolton was announced as Ukip’s new leader on September 29, 2017, at the party’s conference in Torquay.

The little-known candidate beat the two front-runners in the contest – anti-Islam campaigner Anne Marie Waters and London Assembly member Peter Whittle – to win with 3,874 votes.

Ms Waters came second, with 21.3% of the 12,915 votes cast.

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.

The other contenders were Jane Collins, John Rees-Evans, David Kurten and Aidan Powlesland.

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.

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