10 Things to Know About Henry Bolton

The new UKIP leader is Henry Bolton. Guido answers the question: “Who are you?”

  • Bolton was the Faragista candidate and Nigel has already congratulated him on his win
  • He is a former British Army officer with an an OBE for services to international security
  • He ran as a LibDem in 2005
  • He worked for the EU in Common Security and Defence Policy roles
  • He was a police officer for Thames Valley police for eight years, during which he received an award for outstanding bravery
  • His wife Tatiana Smurova-Bolton gave birth to their daughter Victoria on a train to St Pancras
  • He warned UKIP was in danger of becoming he “UK Nazi Party” if Anne-Marie Waters won
  • He says Islam is a “problem
  • He says left-wing extremists like Antifa are as bad as the BNP and EDL
  • He got more votes (3,874) than he had followers on Twitter (2,359) at the time of his election.

Asked by Guido after he won, he didn’t rule out kicking Anne-Marie Waters out of the party…




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Andrea Leadsom told BBC Radio 4’s Today

“He’s made his views on Brexit on the record, and the problem with that of course is that the chair’s impartiality is absolutely essential. … He’s made his views known on Brexit… it’s a matter for him but nevertheless it’s a challenge and all colleagues need to form their own view of that.”

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