Brexit is our core task says new Ukip leader Henry Bolton


Although nobody is suggesting the new UKIP leader is capable of kidnap and torture, or that he might one day be fed alive to a pack of dogs by his political opponents, plenty were quick to make the connection to Game of Thrones' most notorious characters.

Mr Bolton had been considered a rank outsider to replace Paul Nuttall in the UKIP hot seat. Crucially, he appeared to have Nigel Farage's support.

Ms Waters has been dubbed "too extreme" by Mr Hamilton's colleague David Rowlands, while independent AM and UKIP MEP Nathan Gill has threatened to leave the party if she wins.

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But he resigned just eight months later after a disastrous General Election. Police said he was "extremely lucky" to have walked away from the crash with only minor injuries and Mr Farage later said he thought he would die.

It is at this point, they say, that Ukip will regain its relevance. It now boasted 24 MEPs.

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"Even last week, the clear divisions within the party could be seen here in Kent, as Mr Bolton and Chris Wells, the leader of Ukip's only council in the country in Thanet, publicly clashed over the future of Manston airport and the general running of the council".

With Britain on the road out of the EU, Ukip had achieved its Holy Grail and had played a crucial role in doing so, its growing strength having pushed Mr Cameron into holding the referendum. Ukip was left without its frontman, or the reason for its existence.

There were a total of 12,915 votes cast in the leadership election, compared with the more than 300,000 secured by Jeremy Corbyn when he was re-elected as Labour leader previous year. He's a former soldier who used to be in the Lib Dems.

However, Bolton will be aware that Waters proved by coming second in the contest that she speaks for a significant strand of sentiment among members.

Instead, Ukip's fourth leader inside a year is a low-key technocrat who has worked for the United Nations, stood as a Liberal Democrat MP and ran on the pledge to professionalise and unite a party riven by splits and seeking a new objective following the Brexit referendum.

Bolton, a former army and police officer, has been elected as the new leader of Ukip, beating off the challenge of Waters - known for her hard-line anti-Islam views - and Peter Whittle.