Girlfriend of ex-Ukip leader defends Grenfell immigrants remark
Jo Marney says comments that led to Henry Bolton’s ousting were trying to raise a valid issue
The girlfriend of the former Ukip leader Henry Bolton has defended some of her offensive comments that led to him being deposed, saying she was trying to highlight a valid issue by describing Grenfell Tower as “nest of illegal immigrants”.
In an interview alongside Bolton on ITV’s This Morning, Jo Marney said her choice of language was “not good at all”, but she believed it was worth raising the immigration status of the people living in the west London tower, where 71 people died in a fire in June.
Bolton also sought to provide what he called context for other offensive messages sent by Marney, saying there was a wider problem of young people using social media. “There are far worse comments made by other people,” he said on Thursday.