Henry Bolton should quit as UKIP leader and be replaced by Nigel Farage, according to the party’s candidate for Folkestone and Hythe at the last election.
Harriet Yeo, who was drafted in as the candidate during the 2015 election, said the Kenyan born politician had brought the party into disrepute and shown a lapse of judgement following his announcement that he had left his wife, Tatiana, 42, and was in a new relationship with Jo Marney, a model in her 20s.
Mr Bolton has also been criticised by Shepway Ukip councillor Susie Govett, who was his press aide during the party leadership campaign.
She has posted a series of disparaging Tweets about Mr Bolton, including one which said: “The reputation of the party, its members, its councillors, its supporters and voters has been and will continue to be damaged by this.
“At a time when we need to professionalise the party in order to give voters the confidence that we are responsible enough to represent them.”
— Jo Marney (@Jo_Marney) December 26, 2017
Mr Bolton was born in Kenya in 1963, and grew up in Berkshire. He developed an early interest in security issues and during his teenage years, he reportedly called the White House from a phone box in Thatcham and demanded to speak to President Jimmy Carter about the US missiles at nearby Greenham Common.
He joined the Royal Hussars, and after leaving the army in 1990 joined the Territorials, while also serving as a Thames Valley police officer.
After leaving the police, he began his career as a defence and security expert, advising the Albanian government on the Kosovo refugee crisis. He also served as a UN district governor in Kosovo itself.
He was made an OBE in 2013 after working for the foreign office “stabilisation unit” in Afghanistan.