Ukip’s new leader calls for unity

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS | POLITICS -

Ukip’s new leader Henry Bolton emerged from ob­scu­rity to defy the book­ies and beat the two front-run­ners in the con­test to re­place Paul Nut­tall.

The 54-year-old comes to the role af­ter a dis­tin­guished ca­reer as a diplo­mat.

Nigel Farage wel­comed his ap­point­ment as party chief, call­ing him a “man of real sub­stance”.

De­spite be­ing rel­a­tively un­known, the ex-Thames Val­ley po­lice of­fi­cer, who joined the party in 2014, is no stranger to run­ning for elected posts.

He stood for the Lib­eral Democrats in Run­nymede and Wey­bridge in the 2005 gen­eral elec­tion, fin­ish­ing third be­hind cur­rent Chan­cel­lor Philip Ham­mond.

Af­ter his sur­prise tri­umph, he called on the party to unite be­hind him to de­liver its aims.

He said: “I do not see my­self now as sim­ply be­ing your leader, I see my­self as serv­ing this party.

“You are the party, not me, and this party needs to serve its coun­try. There is no greater call­ing than that and I would call on all of you, whether you voted for me or not, to rally around the party, to be united.”

Henry Bolton.

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