Irishwoman edged out in UKIP leadership contest

Activists stood outside the Ukip party conference with placards as they targeted former leader Nigel Farage.

But it was a close run thing.

Mr Whittle, who had been touted as a likely victor, came a surprise fifth with 1,413 - an 11% share of the vote - while Ms Waters came second with 2,755 votes, a 21% vote share.

In his victory speech at Ukip conference in Torquay, he called on members to rally around the party. But, amid the guff, Roger Helmer, the party's energy spokesman, warned against the "undue and excessive" concern with Islamism during the leadership campaign.

Following Bolton's election as leader, Nigel Farage tweeted: "I am delighted @_HenryBolton has won the UKIP leadership election". The key thing, he said, would be to professionalise the party, bringing in more funds and taking a more rigorous approach to campaigning.

Henry Bolton, 54, a former Lib Dem candidate and father of three, won 30 per cent of the vote, beating a controversial anti-Islam candidate and other higher-profile Ukip figures.

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"When we leave the European Union, that is not the end of the story". So far, its cries have been ignored.

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.

An awkward position for a UKIP leader to be in.

"Without being united, we can not lead", he said.

Led by the charismatic Nigel Farage, UKIP won almost four million votes in 2015, 12.6 per cent of those cast, on its anti-European Union platform, projecting it to the forefront of British politics even though it only managed to win one seat in parliament.

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


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