Out­side bet wins Ukip lead­er­ship

Pol­i­tics: For­mer diplo­mat wel­comed by Farage

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - NEWS -

New Ukip leader Henry Bolton emerged from ob­scu­rity to defy the book­ies and beat the two fron­trun­ners in the con­test to re­place Paul Nut­tall.

The 54-year-old for­mer soldier comes to the role af­ter a ca­reer as a diplo­mat – hav­ing been awarded an OBE for ser­vices to in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity in 2013.

Ukip grandee Nigel Farage wel­comed his ap­point­ment as party chief, call­ing him a “man of real sub­stance”. De­spite be­ing rel­a­tively un­known, the exThames 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 Chan­cel­lor Philip Ham­mond.

More re­cently, the Sand­hurst alum­nus stood for Ukip as Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner in Kent in 2016, fin­ish­ing sec­ond.

Mr Bolton, who de­scribes him­self as “an ex­pert in bor­ders, se­cu­rity and for­eign pol­icy”, has worked as a diplo­mat for the United Na­tions, For­eign Of­fice and the EU, ac­cord­ing to his web­site.

Mr Bolton re­cently warned Ukip was in dan­ger of be­com­ing the “UK Nazi Party” if it chose the wrong leader and could “eas­ily slip to­wards the ideals of na­tional so­cial­ism”.

Al­though he did not name her, his com­ments ap­peared to be aimed at de­feated lead­er­ship hope- ful Anne Marie Waters, the con­tro­ver­sial Sharia Watch founder who has de­nounced Is­lam as “evil”.

Af­ter his sur­prise tri­umph, he called on the party to united 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.

“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.”

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