'Ukip is a shambles and will have virtually no council seats in May', says former leadership candidate Steven Woolfe

'Ukip is a shambles and will have virtually no council seats in May', says former member Steven Woolfe

Steven Woolfe says Ukip has suffered infighting and bullying

Monday, January 22, 2018

The former Ukip MEP who was taken to hospital after brawling with a colleague in 2016 has said the party is a "shambles" and will have "virtually no" council seats after May's election.

Steven Woolfe spoke to talkRADIO after the deputy leader of Ukip, Margot Parker, stepped down in protest at leader Henry Bolton, who refuses to resign despite his former girlfriend sending a string of racist messages.

Woolfe required urgent medical attention after fighting with fellow Ukip MEP Mike Hookem in at the European Parliament. Once tipped as a future Ukip leader, he has now severed all ties with the party and serves as an independent MEP/

He told Mike Graham and Katie Perrior: "I will make a prediction that there will be virtually no seats left in council elections for May."

He thinks Ukip has been blighted by "infighting, bullying each other, name-calling for the past 18 months. Really it’s a shambles, they’re a shambles."

He also questioned who the next leader of Ukip could be and thinks this person could "take over and lead... to the final demise of Ukip."

Woolfe revealed that when he ran for leadership, he saw that "the executive and some of their supporters and MEPs...really have a totally different agenda to that of what Ukip was about" and they "attacked anybody that seems sensible or capable of taking the party forward."

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage and Arron Banks, who previously funded much of the party, have revealed they are currently in talks about a new political project.

Woolfe did not commit to joining the party and said he was "not sure" Farage is "the man that can unify people" on issues such as immigration or the NHS.

Listen to the full interview above