Politician in serious condition after ‘altercation’ in meeting with fellow MEPs

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Ukip leadership favourite Steven Woolfe is in a “serious” condition in hospital after an altercation at a meeting of the party’s MEPs, Nigel Farage has said.

Ukip leadership favourite Steven Woolfe is in a “serious” condition in hospital after an altercation at a meeting of the party’s MEPs, Nigel Farage has said.

UKIPs Steven Woolfe

UKIPs Steven Woolfe

A statement from Ukip’s interim leader said: “I deeply regret that following an altercation that took place at a meeting of Ukip MEPs this morning that Steven Woolfe subsequently collapsed and was taken to hospital. His condition is serious.”

A party spokesman said Mr Woolfe was “taken suddenly ill” in the European Parliament building in Strasbourg on Thursday morning.

The spokesman added: “He has been taken to hospital in the city and he is undergoing tests.”