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UKIP MEP collapses outside EU parliament

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By Catherine Hardy
UKIP MEP collapses outside EU parliament

<p><br /> <br /> </p> <p>Steven Woolfe, the favourite to become the next leader of <span class="caps">UKIP</span>, is in hospital after collapsing outside the European Parliament in Strasbourg.</p> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ukip leadership favourite Steven Woolfe in 'serious' condition after 'altercation'<a href="https://t.co/p0cJBCiqYe">https://t.co/p0cJBCiqYe</a> <a href="https://t.co/AwDHxxKLf0">pic.twitter.com/AwDHxxKLf0</a></p>— <span class="caps">ITV</span> News (@itvnews) <a href="https://twitter.com/itvnews/status/783996694459547648">October 6, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Reports suggest Woolfe was punched by a colleague during a ‘clear the air meeting.’ </p> <p>It is claimed Woolfe appeared fine after the altercation but collapsed later complaining of losing “the feeling down one side of his body,” according to one witness.</p> <p><span class="caps">UKIP</span>, the party that claimed victory in the recent Brexit vote, has been in turmoil since former leader Nigel Farage stood down and Diane James quit after 18 days in the post.</p> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Statement from <a href="https://twitter.com/Nigel_Farage"><code>Nigel_Farage</a> <a href="https://t.co/XvGLbYvyom">pic.twitter.com/XvGLbYvyom</a></p>&mdash; UKIP (</code>UKIP) <a href="https://twitter.com/UKIP/status/784001427475668993">October 6, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Responding to questions from reporters, a <span class="caps">UKIP</span> spokesperson described Mr Woolfe as “conscious and recovering” in hospital. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">My thoughts are with <a href="https://twitter.com/Steven_Woolfe"><code>Steven_Woolfe</a> and his wife and daughter at this anxious time and I wish Steven a speedy and full recovery.</p>&mdash; Diane James (</code>DianeJamesMEP) <a href="https://twitter.com/DianeJamesMEP/status/784007444708093953">October 6, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I've just heard Steven Woolfe's condition is life threatening. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.</p>— Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) <a href="https://twitter.com/RaheemKassam/status/784011873402261504">October 6, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br /> <br /> <h3><strong>Other reaction to the news</strong></h3> <br /> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Disturbing news emerging regarding Steven Woolfe <span class="caps">MEP</span>. I hope he makes a full recovery. My thoughts are with his loved ones.</p>— Tom Watson (@tom_watson) <a href="https://twitter.com/tom_watson/status/784010601014132736">October 6, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br />