Ukip leadership candidate in hospital after ‘fight with MEP’
Steven Woolfe, the Ukip leadership candidate who is an ally of Nigel Farage, collapsed today following an alleged fight with another of the party’s MEPs and was rushed to hospital for a brain scan.
Mr Woolfe, the North West region MEP, had become embroiled in a violent “altercation” at a meeting in Strasbourg, according to party sources. He had two “epileptic-like fits”, complained of numbness on the left side of his body and passed out after the row.
A photograph obtained by ITV News showed him lying spread-eagled and face-down on a gangway clutching a briefcase, while an attendant leaned over him.
Speaking from hospital, Mr Woolfe said that a CT scan had shown there was no blood clot on his brain. He said he was “feeling brighter, happier, and smiling, as ever”, but would remain in hospital overnight to undergo secondary tests.
A row between Mr Woolfe and Mike Hookem, Ukip MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, was said to have broken out during a meeting of Ukip’s European parliament delegation of MEPs and staffers at around 10am.
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Ukip said that Steven Woolfe collapsed outside the European Parliament following a “clear the air” meeting with colleagues this morning.
He is now recovering in hospital and said a CT scan has shown that there is no blood clot in the brain and he is “feeling brighter, happier and smiling as ever.”
Yorkshire & Humber MEP ‘did not touch’ Ukip leadership candidate
UKIP HAS been plunged into a fresh crisis after leadership favourite Steven Woolfe was taken to hospital following an “altercation” with another of the party’s MEPs.
The 49-year-old collapsed and underwent a brain scan following reports of a confrontation with Yorkshire and Humber MEP Mike Hookem at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
However, a spokesman for 62-year-old Mr Hookem denied a physical fight took place, telling the MailOnline: “Mike did not touch him”.