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UKIP has elected former soldier and policeman Henry Bolton as its new leader, the party’s fourth in a year

Controversial anti-Islam candidate Anne Marie Waters finished second. Some MEPs had threatened to quit if she won.

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage said he was delighted and said Mr Bolton was “a man of real substance”.

Former party leader Paul Nuttall quit after the general election, which saw UKIP’s vote share shrink to 1.8% from 12.6% in 2015 – the year before the UK voted to leave the European Union.

His predecessor Diane James, who replaced Nigel Farage, lasted just 18 days in the job, saying she did not have enough authority in the party. Mr Farage returned for a spell as interim leader.

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