Former EU bureaucrat elected leader of Ukip

What does the future hold for Ukip

Britain's anti-European Union UKIP party has elected former army officer Henry Bolton its new leader, handing him the job of trying to stop the party that helped bring about Brexit becoming irrelevant. "Brexit is our core task", Mr Bolton affirmed in a pedestrian acceptance speech.

In a recent YouTube campaign film, he complained that "we have gone down the road of mediocracy and compromise, we don't like the idea of excelling of anything because we worry that it implies that somebody is less good". Mr Bolton was seen as the favoured candidate of Nigel Farage, the party's former leader and most popular figure, who was rumoured to be planning to form a new party if Anne Marie Waters, the anti-Islam campaigner, won.

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Despite seeing June 2016's Brexit referendum ending in a decision to leave the European Union, the party has been dogged by infighting and resignations. "And this party needs to serve its country".

UKIP has a new leader.

. He's a former soldier who used to be in the Lib Dems. In a tweet, Farage claimed he was "delighted" with the result and said Bolton as a "man of real substance".

UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall with party activists as he campaigns in Elm Park
UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall with party activists as he campaigns in Elm Park

The result came after the party unveiled a new logo - which cost around £2,000 to develop - replacing the pound sign with a lion.

Ukip's vote share fell to 1.8% from 12.6% in 2015 - and the party failed to gain a single seat.

Bolton is seen as being on the moderate wing of the party - previously warning that Ukip could become the "UK Nazi party" if it selected the wrong candidate.

Some 12,915 people voted in the leadership contest, which is 46.5% of the party membership. Bolton reportedly said he was "fine" with the new design.

Mr Farage's successor, Diane James, stepped down in October, just 18 days after being elected.

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