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UKIP fight – Stephen Woofe v Mike Hookem: the door frame did it

by | 7th, October 2016

It is, puns the Times, “a dramatic blow to UKIP’s reputation”. In Strasbourg, Steven Woolfe, a North West MEP, collapsed at the European parliament after an alleged row with Mike Hookem – nominative determinism? –  who represents Yorkshire and the Humber. Mr Hookem, the party’s defence (!) spokesman, “raised allegations that Mr Woolfe was planning to defect to the Tories”. That would be an odd move for Woolfe, who wants to be UKIP leader, a role open once more since Diana James quit after just 18 days in the job.

Two hours after the row Woolfe suffered two “epileptic-like” fits and passed out. He is now “feeling brighter, happier and smiling as ever”.

Nigel Farage, the acting party leader, says it was a “dispute that finished up physically”. It “shouldn’t have happened”.

So what did happen?

 

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“Sources” are making claims all over the media.

Source 1:  Mr Hookem called Mr Woolfe a joke and the two men began shouting.

Source 2: Mr Woolfe removed his jacket and said he had had enough and wanted to settle the matter outside.

Source 3: Party insiders tell The Telegraph that Mr Woolfe was punched by a UKIP colleague following an altercation.

Source 4: ‘The Daily Telegraph understands that Mr Woolfe is suffering from bleeding of the brain after he was punched. One witness said he fell into a window after being punched.”

Source 5: Woofe claims Hookem lost his temper and pushed him into a door frame.

Source 6 (Labour): The Jews did it.

The good news is that Mr Woolfe has no bleeding on the brain.

Liz Jones, a member of the Ukip national executive committee, adds: “If there’s been an altercation, a fist-fight — and not that I’m saying that happened — but if there has been aggression from both sides, there is a possibility that both could be suspended.”

Farage adds: “I don’t think that a political party can have an incident like this without having a look at it. I don’t see any need for the police to be involved, there are no complaints. Somehow I doubt people will be suspended. “I won’t be on the inquiry myself. I suspect it will blow over and be looked back upon as one of these things that happens between men.”

Nigel Farage again: “I deeply regret that following an altercation that took place at a meeting of MEPs this morning that Steven Woolfe subsequently collapsed and was taken to hospital. His condition is serious.”

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