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Favourite for Ukip leadership quits party following 'altercation' with fellow MEP

Steven Woolfe had been seen as front-runner to succeed Nigel Farage before allegedly being assaulted in Strasbourg recently by fellow Ukip MEP Mike Hookem.

Steven Woolfe injured Steven Woolfe Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

UKIP LEADERSHIP FAVOURITE Steven Woolfe has quit the party.

Woolfe was hospitalised following an altercation with his fellow Ukip MEP Mike Hookem in Strasbourg.

The far-right British party has been in turmoil since the resignation of Farage’s initial successor Diane James after just 18 days.

itv2 Woolfe collapsed on a gantry after the 'altercation' with Mike Hookem Source: cianan

Hookem claims that the altercation between him and Woolfe was started by the other man. Woolfe directly contradicts that claim.

In a statement this evening, Woolfe said that he will continue to sit as an independent MEP once his “recovery is complete”.

“With regard to the highly regrettable events in Strasbourg, I will reiterate my position that I received a blow from Mr Hookem that knocked me back into the meeting room and caused my subsequent injuries,” he said.

Contrary to reports I have made a police complaint.

He added that he is now “seeking legal advice” with regard to the ongoing investigations into the incident and “will not be commenting further”.

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