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New Ukip boss Henry Bolton rails against migrants in first speech as leader

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2574

Ukip conference delegates awaiting new leader Henry Boltons speech last week

Ukip conference delegates awaiting new leader Henry Bolton's speech last week (Pic: Ukip/Twitter)


New Ukip leader Henry Bolton kicked off his stint by attacking multiculturalism and immigration. Last week the former cop and soldier was elected Ukip’s fourth leader in just over a year.

Bolton took nearly 30 percent of the vote while Anne Marie Waters, a vicious Islamophobe, came second with 21.3 percent.

In his first speech as Ukip leader Bolton declared, “Multiculturalism is swamping or displacing our own British culture.” He added that immigration is “overwhelming” public services.

At a press conference Bolton said LGBT+ rights had gone “too far”. He said he rejected the idea that “we are at war with Islam”. Yet during his election campaign he said he was proud of “fighting Islam”.

Some 18 of Ukip’s 20 MEPs had threatened to resign had Waters won. And former leader Nigel Farage had floated the idea of setting up a new party.

The election of Bolton staves off an immediate split in the party. But it hasn’t lessened its vile racism.


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