UKIP leader Henry Bolton: It's not all over

UKIP leader Henry Bolton: It's not all over
From BBC - February 11, 2018

UKIP leader Henry Bolton is confident he will win the backing of his party in a vote of members next weekend, he told the BBC's Andrew Marr.

Mr Bolton suggested he was still in a relationship with Jo Marney, whose racist texts about Meghan Markle sparked a no-confidence vote in him.

"There are strong affections there, yes," he told Andrew Marr.

But he said the party had to reform under his leadership or continue to be on the sidelines in the Brexit debate.

"I am getting a huge amount of support from around the country because the membership know what's been going on within the party for a very long time and they know I am not responsible for that," he told Andrew Marr.

"They know that factionalisation needs to be dealt with if the party is going to professionalise and be effective."

Asked by Marr if his leadership was over, he said: "No, I do not believe it is."

'More evidence'

Mr Bolton, who became UKIP's fourth leader in 18 months in September, said the party could not afford another "four or five-month" leadership election.


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