The Kenyan born leader of UKIP, Henry Bolton, has ended his relationship with model Jo Marney following a series of stories published in the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday revealing she had sent racist texts about Meghan Markle.
Since leaving his third wife for the 25-year-old UKIP member, Mr Bolton has faced growing calls to quit. Yesterday, West Midlands MEP Bill Etheridge said he would be standing down unless his leader resigned.
Today, on Good Morning Britain the 54-year-old revealed in an interview with Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid that he had ended his relationship with Miss Marney last night, but refused to resign.
Speaking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid the ITV show, Mr Bolton said: “I don’t defend these comments whatsoever and indeed Jo has been suspended. It’s against the constitution of the party to be racist in any way.
“As of last night, the romantic part of our relationship has ended. We had that conversation last night when I returned from Yorkshire. The conversation will remain private, but it was a long and upsetting conversation for both of us.”
As of last night the romantic side of our relationship is ended.
The UKIP leader admitted that the relationship was “obviously quite incompatible” with his position as party chief and although the “romantic” side of their relationship had ended, he said that he would continue to support the family of Ms Marney, who had been left “distraught” by the revelations.
The pressure on the UKIP leader grew yesterday after Miss Marney was suspended from the party over a series of racist messages and derogatory comments about Prince Harry’s fiancé Meghan Markle.