UKIP leadership favorite is in hospital after fighting with a colleague

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage (R) looks on as the party's migration spokesman Steven Woolfe holds up a newspaper during a conference in which the party's immigration policy was unveiled on March 4, 2015 in London, England. Farage stated that UKIP wants immigration to return to "normal" levels with around 20,000 to 50,000 migrants issued with work permits. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

The favourite to become the next leader of UKIP is in serious condition in hospital after allegedly being ‘punched by a colleague’. The party’s Member of European Parliament Steven Woolfe had been considered the favourite to take over the party. However, after a shocking incident in a UKIP meeting, he was led to the hospital with a suspected brain injury.

The Telegraph reports that sources within the party allege that Mr Woolfe was “punched by a UKIP colleague” following an altercation at a meeting of the party’s MEPs. Nigel Farage confirmed that an “altercation” had taken place. He said: “I deeply regret that following an altercation that took place at a meeting of MEPs this morning that Steven Woolfe subsequently collapsed and was taken to hospital. His condition is serious.”
Other runners and riders for the election, including Suzanne Evans and former Farage adviser Raheem Kassam, have reacted with shock.

UKIP is the last major UK-wide party with anti-LGBT policy stances. Leaked internal vetting documents earlier this year showed the party had knowingly let a number of people flagged as having homophobic views stand as candidates.

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