Ukip MEP feeling 'brighter, happier and smiling as ever' after 'being punched by colleague' at party meeting
Ukip leadership favourite Steven Woolfe is recovering in hospital after an altercation at a meeting of the party's MEPs.
A statement from Ukip's interim leader Nigel Farage 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.
However party insiders told The Telegraph newspaper that Mr Woolfe was punched by a Ukip colleague following an altercation.
The spokesman added: "He has been taken to hospital in the city and he is undergoing tests."
In a statement Mr Woolfe later said: "The CT scan has shown that there is no blood clot in the brain. At the moment I am feeling brighter, happier, and smiling as ever."
MEP Patrick O'Flynn declined to discuss the incident, adding: "My thoughts and prayers are with Steven and I'm desperately, anxiously waiting to hear further news."
It is understood that Mr Woolfe is suffering from bleeding of the brain after he was punched. One witness said he fell into a window after being punched.
I must thank the parliamentary staff, the UKIP MEPs with me and hospital staff for their care and love.— Steven Woolfe MEP (@Steven_Woolfe) October 6, 2016
Today is Steven Woolfe's 50th birthday.