Nigel Farage set for return to politics amid Ukip chaos

Nigel Farage set for return to politics amid Ukip chaos

Nigel Farage set for return to politics amid Ukip chaos

Mr Bolton said previously his "romantic" relationship with 25-year-old model Jo Marney was over following an outcry sparked about a series of shocking comments she made.

But in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live's Pienaar on Politics show, Bolton said the NEC should be "concerned more about the elements within the party that are busy engaged in infighting and in undermining the party and its coherence".

Bolton, who was elected UKIP leader in September, has resisted several calls for him to step down after a British newspaper reported that his now former girlfriend Jo Marney made highly offensive comments about U.S. actor and Prince Harry's fiancee, Meghan Markle.

Ukip's leader has said he will not step down over his relationship with model Jo Marney because the party can not survive another leadership contest.

Henry Bolton and Jo Marney
Image The UKIP leader faced calls to quit over his relationship with Jo Marney

But she was quickly exposed for sending offensive and racist messages Labour Ms Markle, who she said would "taint" the Royal family.

Mr Bolton is being hauled before Ukip's national executive committee later today where he will face calls to quit.

Oakden added: "Henry was offered the opportunity to resign but he has made it clear that he feels he is the right man to lead the party forward", he said.

Henry Bolton today warned that "will be over" if party bosses vote to oust him as leader at a crunch meeting later today.

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He said: "They are not a court of moral judgement, and indeed while my personal life is of public interest, this is a matter of the survival and the future of the United Kingdom Independence party, and that is what they should be looking at".

And he defended still seeing Ms Marney, saying he wanted to "support her in rebuilding her life", which he said had been "turned on its head" after receiving multiple death threats. "I need to sort that out, of course".

"Members will be written to in the next ten days to give details of where and when the EGM will take place".

And confirming stories which had been rumoured this week he said: "A leadership contest now would be nearly financially unviable for the party".

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Asked if he was going to quit, the party leader replied: "No I'm not, no".

Ukip Treasury spokesman Jonathan Arnott left the party in protest at Mr Bolton's leadership on Friday.

Neil Hamilton, Ukip's leader in Wales, said Mr Bolton should "seek psychological help".

Mr Farage, who stepped down as Ukip leader in 2016, has been vocal in recent weeks about his fears about Brexit, accusing Leave campaigners of failing to adequately press the case for Britain's departure after the referendum.

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