Notorious anti-Islam activist was beaten by Henry Bolton, a former soldier and police officer, in leadership race
Ms Waters, the founder and director of Sharia Watch UK, was beaten by the lesser known Henry Bolton who is a former soldier and Thames Valley police officer.
Ms Waters, also a co-founder of the UK branch of the anti-Islam group Pegida, was a deeply divisive candidate with an impassioned support base. Her unexpected loss has saved Ukip from a lurch towards the far right and a threatened mass walkout of party members.
The narrow favourite to win, who has described Islam as “evil”, tweeted “Today: Jihad – 1. Truth – 0” after learning of her defeat in the seven-horse contest.