UKIP leadership hopeful in hospital following altercation

UKIP’s Steven Woolfe has been admitted to hospital after an altercation with another UKIP MEP. The leadership hopeful is reported to have received a blow to the head, which caused him to collapse. He was then rushed to hospital.

According to UKIP leader Nigel Farage, “his condition is serious”.

Fellow UKIP officials have expressed their wish that Woolfe make a speedy recovery.

An ill-fated candidate

Woolfe declared his candidature for UKIP’s leadership contest on Wednesday, following Diane James’ surprise resignation just 18 days after her successful election as leader. As migration spokesman, he has been one of the party’s more prominent officials and was the favourtie to win.

Woolfe failed to make the first leadership contest after he submitted his application too late.

This incident is the latest in a series of debacles which has earned UKIP a reputation for being “the most caustic and colourful party in British politics”.

Update: the Telegraph reports that Woolfe has regained consciousness. He has said that he is “feeling brighter, happier and smiling as ever.”