Outside bet wins Ukip leadership
Politics: Former diplomat welcomed by Farage
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.”