UKIP Leader Henry Bolton Loses No Confidence Vote. What Happens Now?

UKIP Leader Henry Bolton Loses No Confidence Vote. What Happens Now?

Henry Bolton has insisted he will not quit as Ukip leader, and warned the party "is probably over" if he is forced out as he prepares to face down critics at a meeting of its ruling body.

The executive committee does not have the power to remove Bolton but the vote of no confidence means Ukip members can now decide whether to launch a leadership election.

Mr Bolton told ITV's Peston On Sunday the party could not afford to have another leadership contest.

Mr Bolton said a contest to replace him "would be financially nearly unviable for the party".

Mr Bolton is the latest in a string of people to be elected leader of Ukip.

It added: "The vote was carried unanimously, with the exception of the leader".

However, allies of Mr Farage believe that he could join a party dubbed "Ukip 2.0" if Mr Bolton was removed from his position.

The news has sparked speculation Nigel Farage could return to the top job, having stepped down in 2016 following the historic Brexit vote.

The 53-year-old party leader, who left his wife prior to his relationship with Ms Marney, 25, became public, said: "I don't believe I have done anything wrong".

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'My own personal life, it's a little bit of a mess at the moment.

Under UKIP rules, an emergency general meeting must be staged within 28 days to endorse or reject the no confidence vote. "I need to sort that out, of course".

He told the programme: "That relationship in terms of the party is now over: Ms Marney has resigned... as of yesterday, made an apology to all of the members yesterday for the embarrassment that she's caused and any disruption and problems she's caused for the party".

But a Ukip source told HuffPost UK the coffers are sparse, and spending money on sending ballots and election literature to nearly 25,000 members was an expense the party could ill afford.

However, last week Mr Farage shot down rumours that he would make a dramatic return to frontline politics as he insisted he did not want his old job back.

Bolton flagged up the party's perilous financial state in a newsletter to members in November, telling them: "On taking office I looked in the money bucket and found it entirely empty". Mr Bolton, wearing slippers, answered the door at Jo's family home near Maidstone when The Sun went to ask her about the relationship.

"If he forces us to hold an EGM, he will only humiliate himself further". He said: "His recent behaviour has been so irrational, he should seek psychological help".

"I am flabbergasted at the NEC's disastrous decision to self destruct UKIP", she tweeted.

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