North East Somerset UKIP would like to congratulate Henry Bolton OBE on his election as UKIP’s new leader at our party national conference in Torquay this weekend. We now look forward to working with him in the future on our journey towards regaining our independence from the EU.
54-year-old Mr Bolton has served as a British army officer and as a police officer with Thames Valley police. He has also worked for the UN, and stood for UKIP as police and crime commissioner in Kent in 2016, coming second.
Henry secured a comfortable win. Nigel Farage said he was delighted, and commented that Mr Bolton is “a man of real substance”.
The full results were as follows:
Henry Bolton, 3,874 votes (29.9%)
Anne Marie Waters, 2,755 votes (21.3%)
David Kurten, 2,201 votes (17%)
John Rees-Evans, 2,021 votes (15.6%)
Peter Whittle, 1,413 votes, (10.9%)
Jane Collins, 566 votes, 4.4%
Aidan Powlesland, 85 votes, 0.65%
Speaking after the announcement Mr Bolton said: “Brexit is our core task; however, it is not the end of the line”. He added: “I do not see myself now as simply being your leader, I see myself as serving this party. You are the party, not me, and this party needs to serve its country. There is no greater calling than that and I would call on all of you, whether you voted for me or not, to rally around the party, to be united.” Quoting the motto of the army officer-training centre in Sandhurst from where he graduated, he said he would “serve to lead”.
Also at the conference, members chose UKIP’s new branding and logo. This will replace the existing UKIP £ logo which has served the party well for many years.