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.
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.