Ukip leader’s ex angry at vote of no confidence
Former city student Jo Marney says she is “angry” that former lover Henry Bolton faces being toppled as leader of Ukip following the furore over “racist” texts she sent.
The politician saw the party’s national executive committee (NEC) unanimously back a vote of no confidence in him at the weekend.
An emergency general meeting will now take place within the coming weeks to ratify or reject the vote.
But Ms Marney – who told the Gazette last week Mr Bolton was “the perfect gentleman” and that she didn’t have “a bad word to say about him” – said the way the party was treating him was unfair.
She wrote on Twitter this week: “Am I angry that Ukip’s democratically elected leader is being stopped from doing so by his own party? Absolutely. I think that’s wrong.”
Ms Marney, 25, studied journalism at Canterbury Christ Church University, and now lives in Maidstone.
She started dating Mr Bolton, 54, who lives in Folkestone, just before Christmas after he had separated from his wife.
But she was accused of being racist after she sent texts to a friend describing black people as “ugly” and saying Meghan Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry would see her “seed” “taint” the royal family.
Mr Bolton subsequently claimed the “romantic side” of their relationship was over.
On Monday afternoon he declared he was refusing to resign, intended to “drain the swamp” of factional in-fighting, and said that the NEC was “not fit for purpose”.
His comments came after 14 senior Ukip figures quit their roles in protest at his refusal to stand down.
Following Ukip’s weekend vote, Ms Marney tweeted: “I wouldn’t stand for leadership of a party that treats its leader like this. To say the swamp needs to be drained is an understate- ment. The NEC is the biggest bog going.”
In another she said: “He’s done NOTHING wrong. I have. He hasn’t.”
She also revealed she had turned down big money offers for an interview. She explained: “I have had offers from major television shows, papers both in UK and abroad. I have turned them all down. Including highly paid ones. I will do what’s best for Ukip and don’t want to see it damaged further. For any money.”
Jo Marney with Ukip leader Henry Bolton