Former army officer elected Ukip leader

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Following Bolton's election as leader, Nigel Farage tweeted: "I am delighted @_HenryBolton has won the UKIP leadership election".

UKIP is set to unveil its fourth leader in just over a year after a contest that has divided the party.

In comments which appeared to be aimed at Ms Waters, the former Army officer warned earlier this month that Ukip was in danger of becoming the "UK Nazi Party" if it picked the wrong leader to succeed Mr Nuttall.

Anti-Islam campaigner Anne Marie Waters is the bookmakers' favourite with London Assembly member Peter Whittle also thought to be among front runners.

Mass resignations, including 18 of the party's 20 MEPs, had been threatened if the far-right candidate, who has described Islam as evil, had won.

As the conference gets underway, interim leader Steve Crowther unveiled the new logo - which some, including Gary Lineker, suggested bore a resemblance to that of the Premier League.

"I would call on all of you, whether you voted for me or not, to please rally around the party and be united because without being united, we can not lead and hold the government to account and achieve our core objective".

"He is a man of real substance", the former leader added. He is now tasked with charting a new direction for the party after the European Union referendum.

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Nigel Farage has told LBC Ukip has been given "hope" after the party elected Henry Bolton as its new leader.

The party is reported to be in buoyant mood at its Torquay conference, despite the leadership turmoil, as it seeks to capitalise on what it sees as Prime Minister Theresa May's "backsliding" on Brexit.

Speaking at the UKIP conference in Torquay, Mr Bolton urged party members to "rally around the party", saying: "Without being united, we can not lead".

He was one of seven names in the frame to take over from Paul Nuttall, who quit the job after the June election.

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