Former EU bureaucrat elected leader of Ukip

UK Independence Party's newly announced leader Henry Bolton greets delegates on the first day of the UK Independence Party National Conference in Torquay south-west England

Mr Bolton, who lives in Folkestone and stood as the party's candidate in last year's Kent police and crime commissioner election, was fourth favourite for the top job going into the conference in Torquay, but beat off the favourites - anti-Islam campaigner Anne Marie Waters and London Assembly member Peter Whittle - to win with 3,874 votes. Long before being ripped apart by dogs (don't give us that spoilers shit now - that was Season 6), Ramsay tortured Theon Greyjoy into submission, eventually cutting his dick off and sending it back over to the Iron Islands to his dad.

Activists stood outside the Ukip party conference with placards as they targeted former leader Nigel Farage.

Mr Bolton, now an global security expert, stood as the Ukip candidate in the election for the Kent crime commissioner in 2016.

"We can't lead the nation and we can't hold the government to account and we can't achieve our core objective at all", he said.

Whittle, who is arguably the party's most well-known remaining figure, was the bookmakers' favourite to win the contest just hours before the result was announced, but finished in fifth-place with 1,413 votes (10.9%).

Anne Marie Waters
Anne Marie Waters

He was endorsed by several Ukip MEPs and the former party leader Nigel Farage acted as his referee. He's a former soldier who used to be in the Lib Dems.

The victor of the leadership election will be announced at about 17:00 BST at the party's annual conference in Torquay.

Speaking at the UKIP conference in Torquay, Mr Bolton urged party members to "rally around the party", saying: "Without being united, we can not lead". But their new leader has promised to rally the party behind their core message of a guaranteed hard Brexit. In a tweet, Farage claimed he was "delighted" with the result and said Bolton as a "man of real substance".

He has denied reports he will quit the party to set up a new movement if Ms Waters is elected. His replacement Dianne James lasted just 18 days and the front runner to succeed her quit the party after an altercation with a colleague left him in hospital.



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