Man nobody has ever heard of is the new leader of Ukip

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

Henry Bolton was announced as Ukip's new leader on September 29, 2017, at the party's conference in Torquay.

The little-known candidate beat the two front runners in the contest - Irishwoman anti-Islam campaigner Anne Marie Waters, and London Assembly member Peter Whittle - to win with 3,874 votes. As the Conservatives begin to make concessions to Brussels over Britain's exit from the EU, Ukip could find itself making a comeback as the only party pushing for a total Brexit.

UKIP chairman Paul Oakden told the BBC's Daily Politics he was not anxious the similarities might lead to legal issues: "We did our due diligence before we put these logos to the membership and as I said, we are perfectly comfortable".

Former leader Nigel Farage, who is not standing in the leadership contest, has warned that the party will be "finished" if it becomes anti-Islam.

Henry Bolton with his wife Tatiana Smurova-Bolton who gave birth to their baby daughter on the 3.43pm Southeastern service from Ashford International to St Pancras International on Sunday
Man nobody has ever heard of is the new leader of Ukip

"There is no greater calling than that and I would call on all of you, whether you voted for me or not, to rally around the party, to be united".

He said: "I do not see myself now as simply being your leader, I see myself as serving this party". BBC political correspondent Ben Wright said Mr Bolton would be seen as the continuity candidate. You are the party, not me, and this party needs to serve its country.

Ms Waters has been publicly backed by ex-English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson, has made her stance against Islam a key part of the campaign.

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

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

  • Rogelio Becker