UKIP MEP Steven Woolfe to stay in hospital for 48 hours


UKIP’s Steven Woolfe drive be kept in hospital for a further 48 hours following an altercation with a fellow-worker in the European rliament.

Fellow MEP Nathan Gill said Mr Woolfe inclination remain under observation in Strasbourg “as a precaution”.

He also said Mr Woolfe had “reached out a manual labourer of friendship” to the other MEP involved in the incident, Mike Hookem.

Officials at the rliament be undergoing launched an inquiry into what they said were “unusually serious” events.

UKIP has launched its own internal investigation into what transpired on Thursday, amid reports the two MEPs were involved in a fracas dedicating a meeting of rty representatives.

Mr Woolfe, among the favourites to be the rty’s next director, later collapsed and was taken to hospital. The 49-year old had a precautionary scan which celebrated there was no blood clot on his brain.

Speaking outside the hospital on Friday, Mr Gill avowed his colleague was in “good form” and there was no danger to his health “even albeit it was at one stage touch and go”.

He said the police has not been contacted and Mr Woolfe did not requisite them involved.

But leader of the rty in Wales, Neil Hamilton, know scolded the BBC: “This goes far beyond need for a rty inquiry. The police should study.”

‘Extremely serious’

Martin Schulz, the president of the European rliament, wanted Mr Woolfe a speedy recovery but suggested the episode would have consequences for the club.

He said: “The reported facts are extremely serious,” and had been referred to the rliament’s advisory nel to be dealt with “as a matter of urgency” next week.

“It goes without asserting that disrespectful and violent behaviour does not have a place in the European rliament,” he added.

Interim director Nigel Farage said he has asked the rty chair and secretary to behaviour an investigation early next week.

He asserted “the truth will be discovered”, adding: “Other claims being survived in the media by representatives of UKIP who were not even there at the time are darned unhelpful.”

UKIP sources said “a rumbustious argument” had taken charge following claims Mr Woolfe had been considering defecting to the Conservative Defendant.

Accounts of what followed vary, with Mr Woolfe quoted in the Always Mail as saying a punch was thrown at him.

UKIP did not deny Mr Hookem, who delineates Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, left the room with Mr Woolfe, although a spokeswoman is on to have denied that a physical fight took place.

The BBC has been commanded it is believed that Mr Woolfe banged his head against a window or a go under but then got up. Following a vote two hours later “he collapsed” and doctors were enlisted and his wife was contacted.

Speaking to the BBC’s Newsnight programme, the UKIP chairman ul Oakden broke the incident appeared to be a case of “two individuals who clearly got carried away” but it would be inapposite to speculate over what caused Mr Woolfe to fall.

Mr Oakden verbalized the events did not characterise or define UKIP, adding: “The rty is far bigger than any one idiosyncratic. That’s something we have demonstrated rticularly over these terminating few months.

Mr Farage has returned as UKIP leader until a fresh appointment is held to find a successor to Diane James. She announced her resignation on Tuesday after straight 18 days in the job, citing professional and personal reasons.

Mr Woolfe, the MEP for North West England, newer announced he will run for leader in the next election, having being unqualified to take rt in the previous contest because he missed the deadline for submitting his nomination.

Raheem Kassam, the other prospect to have declared for the UKIP leadership so far, tweeted his best wishes for Mr Woolfe.

But after intelligence of the altercation broke, one of UKIP’s major donors, Arron Banks, question majored a statement in which he threatened to withdraw his support for the rty, saying it was at “split point”.

He criticised Neil Hamilton, over comments he made in video receiver interviews where he appeared to blame Mr Woolfe for events “before anyone identified if Steven was going to be OK”.

Mr Banks also warned critics of Mr Farage not to slow Mr Woolfe – who is seen as the interim leader’s preferred successor – from regular.

Mr Hamilton said Mr Woolfe was entitled to put his name forward but lashed out at Mr Banks, symbolizing he had only “been in UKIP five minutes” and the rty would be “healthier off” without him.

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