Breaking: UKIP Leadership Candidate Woolfe “serious” in hospital after altercation

Steven Woolfe MEP

UK Independence Party candidate Steven Woolfe is in a “serious” condition in hospital after an apparent altercation with another unnamed fellow UKIP MEP, according to Nigel Farage.

It’s reported that Mr Woolfe was punched by the colleague inside the European Parliament building in Strasbourg and collapsed in-front of cameras from ITV News. It’s thought that a number of fellow MEPs were angry with news that he had been in talks with the Conservative Party about defecting last week. A senior UKIP source has also said that Mr Woolfe is in a “life-threatening” condition.

It’s another turn of events in the saga that has befallen the party since Diane James resigned as leader on Tuesday night after 18 days.


Steven Woolfe MEP

Mr Woolfe, who is 49 today, has a wife and a daughter, and was considered by many as the strongest candidate to take the UKIP leadership over from Mr Farage. Fellow leadership candidate Raheem Kassam cancelled an appearance on BBC television’s Daily Politics out of respect.

This is a developing story and we will report later with more news when it develops.

Jack Smith

About Jack Smith

Jack is from Hampshire, England, who has recently entered into the foray of political reporting, with a background primarily in sports journalism, in which he has interviewed Formula 1 drivers and British soccer stars. Jack is a supporter of the UK Independence Party and campaigned for ‘Brexit’, his particular interests being British politics and political campaign analysis. A keen poet, Jack has performed frequently in his home town in-front of small audiences of left-wing creative writers, who he is disappointed not to have offended yet.