UK Independence Party (UKIP) leadership hopeful Steven Woolfe was today moved to the neurological unit of a hospital in France after a clash at a party meet resulted in a brain scare.
Woolfe, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP), suffered two seizures hours after what the party described as an “altercation” with fellow UKIP members.
The 49-year-old party leadership candidate was rushed to hospital in Strasbourg yesterday after allegedly being hit by fellow UKIP MEP Mike Hookem – something the latter denies.
He is expected to be kept in hospital for a further 48 hours.
UKIP has launched an inquiry into the incident in the European Parliament building in Strasbourg, soon after which Woolfe collapsed.
Nathan Gill, the MEP for Wales, told reporters today: “I have just been to seen my good friend Steven Woolfe. He is in extremely good form. He told me that his family are fully aware of his situation and his health. He is in good form.
“He has been observed during the night. He was quite tired and and groggy. The hospital has asked to keep him in hospital.
The incident, understood to be between Woolfe and Hookem, took place during a heated UKIP meeting in the European Parliament.
UKIP sources said “a rumbustious argument” had taken place following claims Woolfe had been considering defecting to the Conservative Party.
Party chairman Paul Oakden has said there would be a full investigation and “appropriate action” if necessary.