United Kingdom – UKIP leader Henry Bolton has come under scrutiny recently after it being revealed that his former girlfriend Jo Marney texted racial slurs about future Princess Meghan Markle. When Mr. Bolton discovered this, he said he found her comments “abhorrent, unwise and offensive,” but that “I don’t believe I did anything wrong.” Ms. Marney apologised and resigned from the party subsequently, and Mr. Bolton said it was time to “draw a line” under the matter. When asked about the current status of their relationship, Mr. Bolton conceded that they were “still in touch,” but said in an interview with Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain that “the romantic side of our relationship has ended.” Mr. Bolton and Ms. Marney were, however, spotted holding hands together at a private members’ club in Westminister on Wednesday, and Mr. Bolton have been reporting the death threats she has received to the police. Several UKIP figures have stated publicly that they’re angry at Mr. Bolton for continuing a friendship with Ms. Marney after what has been revealed about her.
Mr. Bolton has stated firmly that he refuses to quit, and that the party “faces collapse and bankruptcy” if he is forced out. “A leadership contest now,” he claims, “would be financially unviable for the party.” He went even further in another recent interview, where he opines that, if further infighting and attacks against himself continues, “the party is probably over.” He says that the party “needs cohesion, it needs direction going forward and it needs to continue the agenda that’s been initiated to reform the internal workings of the party,” and think that a fight for the leadership of the party will only be for the worse for the party. He concedes that his “personal life is a bit of a mess at the moment,” but insists that he is not “letting it distract one iota from my job as a leader.”
Nigel Farage, who stepped down as leader of the party in 2016, have been concerned about the future of UKIP and Brexit, and have been reported to have plans for a “UKIP 2.0,” but dismissed this completely on Leading Britain’s Conversation (LBC).