February 18, 2018

UKIP leader says will not resign

23 January 2018, 02:10 | Kara Nash

UKIP leader Henry Bolton is on the brink as his deputy and the party's immigration spokesman QUIT after no-confidence vote over his affair with glamour model who sent racist texts

Ukip leader Henry Bolton has faced a stream of calls to resign since the highly offensive messages sent by his girlfriend Jo Marney were published

UKIP's executive backed a no-confidence motion in leader Henry Bolton on Sunday, but he was refusing to step down.

Shortly after news of their relationship broke, Marney apologised for "reckless and unnecessary" comments where she said Meghan Markle's "seed" would "taint the Royal Family".

Several members of the UKIP leadership quit in protest, including deputy leader Margot Parker and the party's immigration, trade and education spokesmen.

During the next four weeks I shall be calling for the coordination and mobilisation of all Leave campaigns, to ensure that the government delivers full independence from the European Union in all areas of government and administration and I shall be calling for the Party itself to mobilise to support this agenda.

"He should now resign from the UKIP immediately so we can get on with rebuilding the leadership of the pro-Brexit party without further distraction".

The pressure increased this morning when his deputy Margot Parker announced she was standing down, accusing him of leaving UKIP "in a limbo situation" and demanding he go "sooner rather than later".

A source close to Mr Hookem told Sky News: Mike believes Henry should step down for the good of the party and the grassroots membership, giving him time to sort out his private life outside of the media glare.

He is under pressure to quit over his romance with model Jo Marney, who sent racist text messages about Meghan Markle.

Under party rules, the vote of no confidence in Mr Bolton has to be put before an Extraordinary General Meeting of the party within 28 days.

Mr Bolton left his wife Tatiana, 42 who gave birth to their second daughter at London's St Pancras station in 2016 after going into labour on a train

The former Army officer, 54, said UKIP's main focus should be on supporting Brexit and that it should "drain the swamp" of those that had plunged it into infighting.

UKIP chairman Paul Oakden tried to convince Bolton to resign at a meeting of the party's top officials over the weekend but was unsuccessful, Politics Home reported.

He described the NEC as "unfit for purpose" - claiming it had lost the confidence of a large proportion of Ukip members - and called for "significant and urgent reform".

The UKIP leader was being quizzed by one of his predecessors, Nigel Farage, who suggested the saga was becoming "cringe-making".

"In a single phrase, it is time to "drain the swamp".

The party will be in search of its seventh leader within two years if members vote to remove Bolton from the post.

Sked, emeritus professor of worldwide history at London School of Economics, also lashed out at Ukip for "lacking all political credibility".

He told reporters that he had urged the NEC not to expose the party to the financial and political cost of removing him as leader and holding yet another leadership contest.

He said: "Without reflecting at all on its individual members, the NEC, as presently constituted, is unfit for goal and has severely handicapped the Party's progress and political delivery for some years".

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