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UKIP leader splits with partner after Meghan Markle texts

UKIP leader Henry Bolton says he has ended his relationship with his girlfriend after she reportedly made racist comments about Meghan Markle. He said their romance was “obviously quite incompatible” with his role as party leader but he had no intention of resigning. Jo Marney had sent texts saying black people were ugly and Prince Harry’s fiancee would “taint” the Royal Family. Mr Bolton said it was against UKIP’s constitution “to be racist in any way.” Ms Marney apologised in the Mail on Sunday for her remarks and claimed they…

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Pressure on UKIP leader over girlfriend's Meghan Markle's texts

Media playback is unsupported on your device UKIP leader Henry Bolton is under pressure to resign after his girlfriend was suspended by the party for apparently making racist remarks about Meghan Markle. Jo Marney is said to have apologised for saying Prince Harry’s fiancee would “taint” the Royal Family and black people were ugly. Party members are urging Mr Bolton to step aside “quickly” and “quietly”. He has not responded but retweeted a message urging him not to quit. Ms Marney, a 25-year-old model, claimed her texts, published by The…

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UKIP suspends leader's girlfriend after Meghan Markle texts

Media playback is unsupported on your device UKIP has suspended the girlfriend of party leader Henry Bolton after she apparently made racist remarks about Prince Harry’s fiancee Meghan Markle. The Mail on Sunday has published a series of messages sent by Jo Marney. In them, the 25-year-old model said Ms Markle would “taint” the Royal Family, that she had a “tiny brain” and that black people were ugly. Ms Marney apologised and said her messages had been taken out of context. Mr Bolton did not want to comment. ‘Shocking language’…

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Watchdog probes £4.50 premium rate texts

A watchdog has revealed it is investigating a premium-rate texting campaign, following complaints from recipients that they have been charged fees even though many believe they never opted into the service. One expert claimed the messages look like spam, which could cause phone owners to ignore them. There is also concern about conflicting advice being given to the public. The two companies involved in the campaign deny any wrongdoing. The BBC became aware of the campaign when one of its reporters received a text in June. It said: “FreeMsg: U…

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