Henry Bolton to fight on as Ukip leader despite revolt

Embattled Ukip leader Henry Bolton has resisted calls to quit, insisting that he was focusing on the fight for Brexit.

Despite a vote of no confidence in his leadership by the party's national executive committee (NEC) and the resignation of a series of key figures, Mr Bolton insisted he would fight on.

Mr Bolton hit out at the NEC which needs "significant and urgent reform" and the "factional in-fighting" within the party.

Speaking to reporters outside a Folkestone hotel, he said: "I respect the next steps in the constitutional process and will therefore not be resigning as Party leader.

"I repeat I shall not be resigning as Party leader."

The resignations came after the NEC backed a motion of no confidence in Mr Bolton on Sunday following the disclosure his girlfriend had sent racist messages about Meghan Markle.

Mr Bolton has faced a stream of calls to resign since the highly offensive messages sent by Jo Marney, 25, were published by the Mail on Sunday.

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