Henry Bolton has been elected UKIP leader – the party’s fourth in just over a year.
The ex-soldier, who saw off a challenge from anti-Islam campaigner Anne Marie Waters, won with 30% of the vote.
He told the party conference: “Brexit is our core task however, it is not the end of the line.”
Mr Bolton, who was backed by Nigel Farage, stood for UKIP as police and crime commissioner in Kent in 2016, coming second.
Ms Waters came second in the leadership contest, with 21.3% of the 12,915 votes cast.
London Assembly member Peter Whittle, who had also been considered one of the favourites, came fifth.
Speaking at the UKIP conference in Torquay, Mr Bolton urged party members to “rally around the party”, saying: “Without being united, we cannot lead.”
He praised the other six candidates and said he hoped they could continue to work together.
He said: “Today is not only a crucial day for our party, it is a critical day for our country.”
Controversy about Ms Waters’s candidacy had prompted threats from some MEPs that they would leave the party if she won. BBC political correspondent Ben Wright said Mr Bolton would be seen as the continuity candidate.
Who is Henry Bolton?
- A former officer and tank crew member, who served in Germany, Belize, Cyprus and Bosnia
- Later became an officer with Thames Valley Police
- Awarded on OBE in 2013 for services to international security and stabilisation
- Has promised to “restore UKIP’s credibility”
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