UKIP leader Henry Bolton says his relationship with Jo Marney has been put on hold
UKIP leader Henry Bolton has told the Today programme his relationship with Jo Marney is “on hold” but that they will “potentially” get back together in the future.
Mr Bolton has faced repeated calls to quit as head of the party over offensive texts sent by his former girlfriend.
Henry Bolton’s leadership: David Allen and Peter Whittle
UKIP was being “made to look ridiculous” because of the vanity of leader Henry Bolton, who should stand down, says former deputy leader Peter Whittle.
But David Allen, UKIP’s spokesman on electoral reform and a Bolton-supporter, said the leader “had not done anything wrong”.
They spoke to Daily Politics presenter Jo Coburn a day after Mr Bolton gave a statement saying he would not stand down, but would reform the party’s structure, after press coverage about his private life and calls for him to go.
Bolton’s refusal to go gives Ukip huge opportunity – Farage
Ex-leader says Bolton would lose members’ vote ‘very heavily indeed’ if it were held today
Nigel Farage has said the embattled Ukip leader, Henry Bolton, would lose a vote of party members if it were held on Wednesday but said next month’s extraordinary general meeting was a huge opportunity to reform the party.
Ukip faces ‘reform or die’ moment, warns Nigel Farage
Party losing up to 1,000 paying members a month, insiders say
Ukip faces a “reform or die” moment, Nigel Farage has warned, as insiders say the party is losing up to 1,000 paying members a month amid the continuing chaos over Henry Bolton’s future, placing severe strain on its finances.
Farage stopped short of explicitly backing the beleaguered Bolton in his efforts to remain leader and reform Ukip’s internal structures on Tuesday but argued that it was a long overdue fight.
Farage said he supported Bolton’s plan to change Ukip’s constitution to curb the role of the powerful national executive committee (NEC) as the party’s ultimate decision maker.
Farage BACKS Henry Bolton to keep his job as Ukip leader and warns the party will ‘die’ if it ousts him over affair with ‘racist’ ex-lover instead of reforming
- Ukip leader Henry Bolton, 54, has suggested he could get back with Jo Marney
- It comes despite glamour model, 25, posting racist tweets about Meghan Markle
- Politician admitted they are ‘still in contact’ and ‘there are strong emotions there’
- He told ITV today that he could get back with her ‘if it doesn’t damage the party’
The embattled Mr Bolton has insisted he will not quit despite a vote of no confidence by Ukip’s ruling committee and a rolling wave of resignations.
Party chiefs have demanded he go over ex-girlfriend Jo Marney’s ‘racist’ text message but Mr Bolton has insisted they should be replaced instead.
Mr Farage – who has ruled out returning to replace Mr Bolton – today said the Ukip leader had ‘done things wrong’ but should keep his job.
We need a fearless leader to deliver Brexit – Nigel Farage: RICHARD LITTLEJOHN believes the former Ukip leader should be an integral part of the process after campaigning for so long
Enoch Powell said famously that all political careers end in failure. Nigel Farage should have proved him wrong.
Farage’s career should — repeat should — have ended in triumph. After all, he went into politics with just one aim and succeeded spectacularly.
Up to a point.
The magnificent Leave victory in 2016 was a vindication of Farage’s virtually single-handed campaign to get Britain out of the EU.
Yes, others can also take credit. But Farage was the figurehead, often a lone voice in the wilderness.
Exclusive – Henry Bolton interview: My savings are ‘just about gone’ and Ukip is not paying my expenses
Henry Bolton, the embattled leader of the UK Independence Party, has admitted he is running out of money after the party refused to cover his expenses.
Mr Bolton told Chopper’s Brexit podcast – available on the Telegraph‘s website later this week – that he has nearly exhausted his savings living in a flat in a hotel in Folkestone as he battles to stay on as party leader.
Mr Bolton, who does not receive a salary, is the first Ukip leader not to be independently wealthy or have a pension. Unlike some of his predecessors he is also not an MEP.
He is entitled to a modest monthly stipend, likely to be in the low thousands of pounds, to cover his expenses as leader.
Nigel Farage says Henry Bolton ‘could be Ukip’s Jeremy Corbyn’
Former Ukip chief says: ‘I am reminded of the nightmare Jeremy Corbyn faced in 2016 when 21 members of his shadow cabinet resigned’
Referring to the vote of no confidence passed by Labour MPs in the summer of 2016 in Mr Corbyn, the former Ukip chief said: “As one party spokesman after another resigns, I am reminded of the nightmare Jeremy Corbyn faced in 2016 when 21 members of his shadow cabinet resigned.”
Ukip leader Henry Bolton still in contact with girlfriend Jo Marney
Henry Bolton has confirmed that he is still in contact with his girlfriend Jo Marney and refused to say they had separated as he attempts to cling on to the Ukip leadership.
Pressed on Talk Radio this morning, Mr Bolton would only say “I’m moving on” and “we have moved on” when asked whether he was still with the woman who sent racist texts about Meghan Markle. However he confirmed the pair were in contact.
Ukip’s ruling national executive committee unanimously passed a motion of no confidence in Mr Bolton on Sunday amid growing disquiet over his involvement with Ms Marney, a 25-year-old model.
Ukip’s fruitcake saga is ending in farce
As Nigel Farage considers a comeback, he should realise that smashing the system always attracts unsavoury oddballs
Farewell then, Henry Bolton. Or probably farewell, at least. Your 116 days as the leader of Ukip (and counting, at the time of writing, although perhaps not the time of reading) may feel like a failure, but console yourself that it was 98 days longer, at least, than your predecessor Diane James managed, four whole leaders ago back in the distant, near forgotten epoch of about 18 months ago.
You fell because you left your wife for a racist glamour model 28 years your junior. To the best of my knowledge no other Ukip figure has done this, and yet it still somehow felt like very Ukippy behaviour. Effortlessly, it slips into the Rolodex alongside all those other very Ukip-feeling behaviours. Such as calling women “sluts” for not cleaning behind the fridge, and speaking of “bongo-bongo land”. And wearing a covert coat. And pretending to have lost close friends at Hillsborough or to have a PhD. And wearing tweed, even though it makes you look like a skinhead Rupert Bear. And recording a racist calypso in a pretend Caribbean accent even though you’re a former radio DJ from Lancashire.