Saturday 26 May 2018

Dublin woman and anti-Islam campaigner Anne Marie Waters loses Ukip leadership bid

A UKIP rosette featuring the new logo at the UKIP National Conference at the Riviera International Centre in Torquay. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
A UKIP rosette featuring the new logo at the UKIP National Conference at the Riviera International Centre in Torquay. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Police keep the peace between UKIP members and protesters outside the UKIP National Conference at the Riviera International Centre in Torquay. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Arj Singh

Henry Bolton has been elected as the new leader of Ukip in a shock result.

The little-known candidate beat the two front runners in the contest - anti-Islam campaigner Anne Marie Waters and London Assembly member Peter Whittle - to win with 3,874 votes.

Ms Waters, a former LGBT campaigner, is originally from Stoneybatter in Dublin.

The Guardian reports she's a co-founder of the UK branch of the anti-Islam group Pegida and describes the faith as "evil".

Police keep the peace between UKIP members and protesters outside the UKIP National Conference at the Riviera International Centre in Torquay. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Police keep the peace between UKIP members and protesters outside the UKIP National Conference at the Riviera International Centre in Torquay. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Mr Bolton told the party members: "Brexit is our core task, however, it is not the end of the line."

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 Paul Nuttall, in comments which appeared to be aimed at Ms Waters.

UKIP supporters and protesters outside the UKIP National Conference at the Riviera International Centre in Torquay. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
UKIP supporters and protesters outside the UKIP National Conference at the Riviera International Centre in Torquay. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

In his victory speech at Ukip conference in Torquay, he called on members to rally around the party.

"Without being united, we cannot lead," he said.

The party has struggled to find its feet since Nigel Farage quit, and its vote share fell to 1.8 percent at the general election from 12.6 percent in 2015.

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