29/09/2017 16:55 BST | Updated 29/09/2017 17:20 BST

Who Is Henry Bolton, Ukip's New Leader And Defeater Of Anne Marie Waters

'A case of better the devil I've never heard of.'

Henry Bolton’s victory in the Ukip leadership race over the “Islam is evil” candidate, Anne Marie Waters, had many political observers breathing a sigh of relief, but also questioning, who is he?

Bolton won almost 30 percent of the vote. Waters gained just over 21 percent.

Here’s what we know about Bolton the bolter.

1) He’s an ex-soldier.


2) He had the backing of Nigel Farage. 


3) He stood for Ukip as police and crime commissioner in 2016 and came second. 


4) Worked for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and other international organisations in places including Kosovo and Macedonia.


4) He used to be a Liberal Democrat.


5) He doesn’t have a lot of Twitter followers.

This is not him - this is singer Michael Bolton. He has much longer hair. 

Henry is not believed to be related to Michael Bolton. 

Bolton, the singer, has sold more than 75 million records, recorded eight top 10 albums and had two number-one singles on the Billboard charts. He has also won multiple American Music Awards and Grammy Awards. 

Much is known of Michael Bolton. 

Henry Bolton’s musical background is unknown at this time. 

However, Henry Bolton is quite the actor, as this clip of “bloopers” shows. 

Some commenters, well one, was genuinely disappointed Waters did not win. 

Another questioned whether Bolton could be trusted. 

While a third was impressed with how quickly Bolton had stepped into his new role answering key questions surrounding the party’s branding

Speaking at the UKIP conference in Torquay, 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.

“Today is not only a crucial day for our party, it is a critical day for our country.”


Henry Bolton - 3,874 (29.9 percent)

Anne Marie Waters -  2,755 (21.3 percent)

David Kurten - 2201 (17 percent)

John Rees Evans - 2010 (16.4 percent)

Peter Whittle - 1,413  (10.9 percent)

Jane Collins - 566 (4.4 percent)

Aidan Powlesland - 85 (0.65 percent)