UKIP leader Henry Bolton denounces ‘coup’ over racism claim

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UKIP leader Henry Bolton has accused senior members of his party of orchestrating a coup against him after he ended his relationship with a 25-year-old activist who was suspended for racism.

As the party descended into an online civil war, reports emerged that Bolton, who became leader only last autumn, could face a vote of no confidence by UKIP’s national executive this weekend.

To complicate matters, Bolton, 54, was seen having dinner with former girlfriend Jo Marney, with whom he was forced to sever ties last week, after it emerged she had sent racist text messages about Prince Harry’s fiancee Meghan Markle.

The ex-Lib Dem army officer turned politician was pictured dining with Marney on Wednesday night, shortly after giving an interview to  The Daily Telegraph in which he said he still loved her and hoped they would one day get back together.

Source: theweek