Neil Hamilton elected new UKIP leader

Neil Hamilton has been elected as the new leader of UKIP.

Hamilton, was serving as the party’s interim leader following previous leader Freddy Vachha’s suspension from UKIP in September 2020.

The Welsh politician and former Conservative MP for Tatton most recently served as an MS for Mid and West Wales. He came 6th in this year’s 2021 Senedd elections.

Hamilton’s election marks the seventh new leader of UKIP in the past five years, following the end of Nigel Farage’s tenure.

UKIP have struggled to make their mark on UK politics following Brexit. In the 2015 general election, the party commanded just under 3.9 million votes (12.6% vote share). In 2019’s general election, they received a mere 22,817 votes.