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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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Henry Bolton elected UKIP leader

Henry Bolton has been elected UKIP leader – the party’s fourth in just over a year. The ex-soldier, who saw off a challenge from anti-Islam campaigner Anne Marie Waters, won with 30% of the vote. He told the party conference: “Brexit is our core task however, it is not the end of the line.” Mr Bolton, who was backed by Nigel Farage, stood for UKIP as police and crime commissioner in Kent in 2016, coming second. Who is new UKIP leader Henry Bolton? Ms Waters came second in the leadership…

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Douglas Carswell quitting UKIP

UKIP’s Douglas Carswell is quitting party to become an independent MP for Clacton and says he is doing so “amicably” This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App then details on how to do so are available on this help page. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. Let’s block…

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