UKIP leader Henry Bolton sacked after Meghan Markle 'racism' scandal

UKIP leader Henry Bolton sacked after Meghan Markle 'racism' scandal

UKIP leader Henry Bolton sacked after Meghan Markle 'racism' scandal

On Saturday an extraordinary general meeting will be held which could result in a vote of no confidence in Bolton, who is under fire after his partner apparently sent racist messages about Prince Harry's fiancée, Meghan Markle.

Some 63 per cent voted against the former army officer.

The party's national executive committee (NEC), which triggered the no confidence vote, has chosen Gerard Batten as interim leader.

Earlier this week Nigel Farage, the party's former and most prominent leader in recent years, admitted that Ukip is "collapsing", as the party was left facing a ruinous six-figure bill over a last legal battle with three Labour MPs.

Henry Bolton has been ejected as the leader of Ukip at an emergency conference, throwing the future of the party into further uncertainty.

But a member of the party's NEC from Kent said the party would have been "terminally split" had Mr Bolton survived.

The pro-Brexit party has lurched from crisis to crisis since Mr Farage relinquished power following the 2016 referendum, with a succession of leading party figures failing to keep a grip on the leadership.

Bolton has ended the relationship with his girlfriend but the affair prompted a string of senior UKIP politicians to resign over his leadership, warning the situation had become "almost farcical".

Prior to the motion, Henry Bolton said: "It's not about whether I go, specifically, it's about whether or not the party goes through another leadership contest and an interim leadership beforehand".

Bolton had earlier warned the turmoil ahead could now break the party, saying: "I think it's going to be very hard for the party to survive".

In the run-up to the vote, Bolton has hit out at the media interest in his private life following the breakdown of his marriage to Tatiana Smurova, which he said was on par with the Profumo affair and Diana's relationship with Dodi Fayed. "I ain't going anywhere".

Mr Bolton refused to rule out the possibility that he could join another party after being driven from the leadership. He also advised Mr Bolton to "get on with the rest of your life" - but Mr Bolton raised the possibility that he might stand again for the leadership, or even sue the party, saying: 'You can not keep a good man down - I am not finished with politics'.

Asked whether he could stand for Ukip leader again or for another party, he said: "I'm not ruling out any option at the moment - the only time that I will rule options is during the process of making decisions".

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