Steven Woolfe is coming under pressure to abandon his Ukip leadership bid following his altercation with a fellow MEP which left the front runner in hospital.
Senior party figures suggested Mr Woolfe’s apparent willingness to resort to violence rendered him unfit for leadership.
North West England MEP Mr Woolfe, who is recovering in hospital in Strasbourg, sought to extend the “hand of friendship” to Mike Hookem, the other MEP involved in the confrontation in the European Parliament.
Woolfe injuries ‘not consistent with fall or seizure’
Medical examinations suggest Steven Woolfe has bruising on his face not consistent with just a fall or seizure, the Ukip MEP has revealed.
The news will intensify controversy that has engulfed Ukip since the Mr Woolfe was taken to hospital after an altercation with fellow MEP Mike Hookem.
A spokesman for Mr Woolfe said: “A team of experts independent of the hospital staff were called in to examine physical injuries to Steven’s face, head and body that were inconsistent with just a seizure, or a fall as a result of a seizure.
“The team of experts also examined other pieces of evidence including clothing and images relating to those injuries.
“Their report will shine a different light on claims currently being made in the media.”
Mr Hookem, of Hull, has insisted he did not punch Mr Woolfe, and told The Yorkshire Post the incident amounted to “handbags at dawn”.
UKIP hopeful’s bruises ‘not consistent with fall’
Medical examinations suggest Steven Woolfe has bruising on his face not consistent with just a fall or seizure, a spokesman for the UKIP MEP has said.
Mr Woolfe was taken to hospital on Thursday after an altercation at the European Parliament in Strasbourg following a meeting of UKIP members.
Fellow UKIP MEP Mike Hookem has tweeted a photo of his “unbruised” hands, saying he did not punch Mr Woolfe.
The fracas is being investigated both by the party and the parliament.
Conservative MEP Sajjad Karim will lead the parliamentary probe.