Ukip leadership favourite in hospital after clash with colleague, as Nigel Farage says it was ‘one of those things that happens between men’

Ukip leadership favourite in hospital after clash with colleague, as Nigel Farage says it was ‘one of those things that happens between men’, by Laura Hughes.

[A]cting Ukip leader Nigel Farage said that he feared Steven Woolfe, the front-runner in the party’s leadership contest, would die after he collapsed following an “altercation” with a fellow MEP in the European Parliament.

There were allegations that he had been punched in the face. The married father-of-one, who is 49 today, fell over during the encounter and banged his head. …

A photograph obtained by ITV News showed him spread-eagled and facedown, while an attendant leaned over him. …

Mr Woolfe claimed on Thursday night that Mr Hookem “came at me and landed a blow”. He told the Daily Mail he later started to feel “woozy” and shouted for medical assistance, before collapsing.

But a friend of Mr Hookem described the incident as “pretty schoolyard” and claimed there was “no indication at all” Mr Woolfe hit his head. A spokesman for Mr Hookem denied that he had punched his colleague, insisting it had been a “verbal altercation”. …

Party insiders said that the row erupted when Mr Woolfe admitted he had considered defecting to the Tories having been “enthused” by Theresa May. …

Nigel Farage:

“It’s two grown men getting involved in an altercation. It’s not very seemly behaviour but I’m not today going to get involved in the blame game or name names or say who did what. … I didn’t actually see it.”