Ukip leader’s ex an­gry at vote of no con­fi­dence

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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

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