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UKIP’s new leader may have to sell his home to afford his new job

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UKIP's new leader may have to sell his home to afford his new job
Henry Bolton may have to sell up if he is to remain in his post (Picture: Getty)

The new leader of Ukip has said he may need to sell his home to afford his new unpaid job.

Henry Bolton said his wife was ‘nervous and supportive’ about the idea of putting their home in Folkestone, Kent, on the market to fund his political position.

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Mr Bolton told LBC: ‘At the moment I am funding myself. I entered this knowing it wasn’t paid.

‘And, if I don’t get any sort of remuneration from this, then we will be selling the home, and so on.’

Asked how his wife felt about such a prospect, Mr Bolton said: ‘She’s nervous and supportive.’

UKIP's new leader may have to sell his home to afford his new job
He became the fourth leader of the party since the Brexit referendum (Picture: Julian Simmonds/REX/Shutterstock)

The Ukip chief said he hoped he could avoid selling the family home, but insisted he was determined to remain party leader.

He said: ‘This is a job that has to be done. This country is at such a juncture now that there is a desperate need for a bit of leadership and a pro-Brexit opposition.’

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Mr Bolton emerged as the surprise choice to take over the party last month, beating the two front runners in the contest to win with 3,874 votes.

Last year, the former Army officer’s wife, Tatiana Smurova-Bolton, gave birth to their daughter, Victoria, on a train that had just pulled into London’s St Pancras station.

He was awarded an OBE by the Princess Royal for services to international security in 2013 but recently courted controversy after saying LGBT rights ‘have gone a bit far’.

Mr Bolton, a security consultant, has said he intends to remain at the helm of Ukip for four years after becoming the party’s fourth leader since the Brexit referendum.

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