Published: Mon, January 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Ukip leader Henry Bolton clinging to job after no confidence vote

Ukip leader Henry Bolton clinging to job after no confidence vote

In a verdict that plunges the party into chaos, the twice-wed ex-Army chief was the only member of UKIP's 15-strong ruling body to vote in favour of him remaining in post.

A minimum of 250 members are needed to discuss whether they support that motion or otherwise.

UKIP chairman Paul Oakden said Mr Bolton was "disappointed" by the NEC's decision but understood "that the party has a process to go through".

Ukip's ruling body has issued a vote of no confidence in party leader Henry Bolton - but he is refusing to stand down.

The developments come as reports suggested Ukip's former leader Nigel Farage has been in talks about a return to frontline British politics with the launch of a new pro-Brexit movement if Mr Bolton were forced out.

Mr Bolton warned that another leadership contest could spell the end for the party, which is believed to be heavily in debt, and said calls for his resignation were part of a "coup" attempt by a rival faction in the party.

Paul Oaken said Henry Bolton recognises the "strength of feeling in the NEC but "equally he feels as though he is the right man to take the party forward".

But he has said he will defy the committee and continue as leader, as a contest would finish the party. The vote was carried unanimously with the exception of the leader.

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Yesterday's vote followed Mr Bolton's continued involvement with Jo Marney, a 25-year-old model, who made offensive and racist remarks about Meghan Markle, Prince Harry's fiancée.

Bolton was forced to put his relationship with Marney "on hold" after colleagues made it clear he would have to resign from his position if he did not distance himself from the woman, 29 years his junior, who he recently left his second wife and their two children for.

"This decision will automatically trigger an emergency general meeting of the party, to allow the membership of Ukip the democratic opportunity to decide to endorse or reject that vote of no confidence". My own personal life, it's a little bit of a mess at the moment.

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

"In that brief time we had - in that uninterfered-with relationship - I haven't been that happy in many years", he said.

Neil Hamilton, Ukip's leader in Wales, urged Mr Bolton to quit so "we can get on with rebuilding the party without further distraction".

If Bolton does step down, Ukip will have to elect its fifth leader in 18 months. He said: "His recent behaviour has been so irrational, he should seek psychological help".

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