Henry Bolton, leader of UKIP, has been removed from his position in fallout from racist comments made by his girlfriend. Picture: AFP
Henry Bolton, leader of UKIP, has been removed from his position in fallout from racist comments made by his girlfriend. Picture: AFP

Leader ousted after racist Meghan Markle messages

HENRY BOLTON, the British politician and leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), was finally ditched today as UKIP leader after-party members voted to force him out.

Angry activists turned against him after he made the party a laughing stock by dating a 25-year-old model - who was later exposed as a racist.

Nearly 1,400 UKIP members cast a ballot in the vote of confidence, with 63 per cent voting to throw Mr Bolton out, and only 37 per cent supporting him.

UK Independence Party's leader, Henry Bolton has been ditched in fallout after his 25-year-old partner Jo Marney made racist comments. Picture: AFP
UK Independence Party's leader, Henry Bolton has been ditched in fallout after his 25-year-old partner Jo Marney made racist comments. Picture: AFP

The result was announced after a fiery meeting in Birmingham where the party boss fought in vain to save his political career, which hit the rocks when The Sun revealed he'd left his wife for a 25-year-old model.

The party will now hold a new leadership election - with the winner set to be announced by the end of May.

Speaking to the activists, Mr Bolton said he was "bitterly sorry" for hurting his family by walking out on his wife and kids.

Ousted UKIP leader Henry Bolton left his wife for model Jo Marney. Picture: Supplied
Ousted UKIP leader Henry Bolton left his wife for model Jo Marney. Picture: Supplied

 

But he blamed "the enemy within" for undermining his leadership, claiming senior officials had made it impossible for him to do his job properly. He said he might sue the body that runs UKIP, accusing them of conspiring against him.

The vote came after Mr Bolton's girlfriend Jo Marney was found to have sent a string of racist messages about Meghan Markle.

Henry Bolton’s girlfriend Jo Marney said she thought Meghan Markle would “taint” the royal family because she is mixed-race. Picture: AP
Henry Bolton’s girlfriend Jo Marney said she thought Meghan Markle would “taint” the royal family because she is mixed-race. Picture: AP

According to The Sun Mr Bolton, 54, insisted the messages had been misinterpreted and claimed the pair had broken up - but he continued to see her regularly, and admits he still has feelings for her.

Prior to the vote, the ditched party leader insisted he was "quietly optimistic" about his chances of surviving.

UK Independence Party leader Henry Bolton has been fired by UKIP despite feeling “quietly optimistic” about his future with the party. Picture: AFP
UK Independence Party leader Henry Bolton has been fired by UKIP despite feeling “quietly optimistic” about his future with the party. Picture: AFP

He received a boost this week when ex-leader Nigel Farage backed him and insisted he is the right man to take the party forward - but it was not enough to keep him in the job.

Last month, The Sun revealed that Mr Bolton had suddenly left his wife and moved in with Jo Marney.

Mr Bolton admitted he had separated from Tatiana Smurova, his third wife, but insisted he was in a committed relationship with his new girlfriend.

Ms Marney mocked victims of Grenfell Tower and suggested Prince Harry's fiancee will "taint the royal family" because she is mixed-race.

Last night he compared himself to Princess Diana because of the public attention on his personal life.

This article first appeared in The Sun and is republished with permission.

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