Former soldier and police officer Henry Bolton has been elected leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP).
Mr Bolton, who was born in Kenya in 1963, saw off challenges from better-known contenders to become the party’s fourth in just over a year, told UKIP members: “Brexit is our core task. However it is not the end of the line.”
Sharia Watch founder and bookies’ favourite Anne Marie Waters finished second and some MEPs had threatened to quit if she had been victorious.
Mr Bolton won with 30% of the 12,915 votes cast, Ms Waters got 21% and London Assembly member Peter Whittle came in fifth with 11% in a seven-way contest.
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Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage said he was delighted with Mr Bolton’s victory, describing him as “a man of real substance”.
The party’s leadership has been in flux since Mr Farage quit, following the 2016 referendum which saw the UK vote to leave the EU – the issue for which UKIP had long campaigned.