Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Britain's pro-Brexit party UKIP passes no confidence vote in leader

After being spotted together enjoying drinks in Leicester Square with Ms Marney many Ukip members are suspicious of Mr Bolton's insistence despite this week insisting he had ended their relationship to concentrate on politics Britain's pro-Brexit party UKIP passes no confidence vote in leader
Melinda Barton | 22 January, 2018, 02:49

Speaking to BBC's Pienaar's Politics earlier today, Bolton said Ukip's national executive committee was "not a court of moral judgement" and vowed to continue as party leader.

In a verdict that plunges the party into chaos, the twice-wed ex-Army chief was the only member of UKIP's 15-strong ruling body to vote in favour of him remaining in post.

The vote does not compel Bolton to step down, but it will trigger an emergency general meeting of the wider party to formally decide his fate. "The vote was carried unanimously with the exception of the leader".

Amid fears of fresh revelations about his private life, UKIP top brass urged the 54 year-old to save himself from further humiliation by going now.

A statement from the party chairman, Paul Oakden, said the NEC heard a statement from Bolton, after which members "asked a number of questions pertaining to that coverage".

Yesterday's vote followed Mr Bolton's continued involvement with Jo Marney, a 25-year-old model, who made offensive and racist remarks about Meghan Markle, Prince Harry's fiancée.

"My own personal life, it's a little bit of a mess at the moment".

Mr Bolton told ITV's Peston On Sunday the party could not afford to have another leadership contest - and warned the party could collapse if he was ousted.

Marney apologised for the comments, saying they were "unnecessary" and "reckless". "I need to sort that out, of course".

Members will be told about when and where it will be held in the next 10 days.

Asked about reports his estranged wife still did not know if their marriage was over, he replied: "My wife and I have exchanged lengthy emails on this".

Neil Hamilton, Ukip's leader in Wales, urged Mr Bolton to quit so "we can get on with rebuilding the party without further distraction". "We have spoken a couple of times on the phone, but that is my business".

A source close to Mr Farage said: "Nigel has always said that he would return if Brexit appeared to be under threat".

In the party's most recent leadership election, candidates were required to put down a deposit of £5,000 - which would be returned only if a contender received 20% of the vote. It also said that Richard Tice, a real estate investor who also co-founded the Leave campaign, would have a role in the new party.

At the conclusion of that discussion, the committee took the decision to hold a vote of no confidence in the Leadership of Henry Bolton.