New UKIP leader Bolton must hold Tories to account, Farage tells NMC

Brexit leader Nigel Farage has told NMC that Henry Bolton must hold the Conservative Party to account over EU withdrawal

New UKIP leader Henry Bolton has to keep the Prime Minister Theresa May under pressure to deliver Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, says its former leader and Brexit champion Nigel Farage

Speaking to New Media Central, Farage said: “After the Florence speech, it is clear the Tories will only continue to backslide.” Farage sees the new UKIP leader, who was elected at the party’s annual conference last week, as a pivotal player. “With Henry as leader, UKIP must hold May to account and make sure Brexit really does mean Brexit.”

Henry Bolton OBE giving his first keynote speech as UKIP leader

Bolton, a former British Army officer who was awarded the OBE in 2013, has been given the seal of approval not only from Farage, but also from UKIP’s former principal financial backer, Arron Banks.

Banks also took the time to speak to NMC to praise Bolton, saying: “He’s impressive and straight-talking – highly intelligent and fearless. His military and police background have given him a perspective on life which is refreshing for a politician. He has very strong beliefs and a pragmatic approach to dealing with them – for him it’s not just words or talk, he is a man that gets things done. This military and police background have given him a perspective on life which is refreshing for a politician. He has very strong beliefs and a pragmatic approach to dealing with them  and for him it’s not just words or talk – he is a man that gets things done.”

“We have had the opportunity to watch him deal with people at first hand and he very personable and people like him. He will be good for UKIP and good for politics – he has the ability to draw on strong personal experiences and understands people.”

Little is known yet regarding appointments to Bolton’s UKIP team, but NMC understands that Bolton will be keen to tackle the issue of security due to his military and police credentials.

This comes after Theresa May was faced by prankster Simon Brodkin, who handed her a P45 – a British unemployment document – during her keynote speech at the Conservative Party conference. Questions have been asked of how Brodkin, who has made a number of other high-class public pranks aimed at public figures, was able to breach security to get so close to the Prime Minister. The incident has also overshadowed the content of Mrs May’s speech, who is aiming to reverse recent fortunes with the party seemingly at odds with itself over the Brexit process.


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