UKIP leader Henry Bolton dumps girlfriend over racist remarks on Meghan Markle
UKIP member Jo Marney's racist texts on Meghan Markle have created a stir within the party. With Henry Bolton's fate in UKIP still undecided, he's chosen to distance himself from his 25-year-old model girlfriend.
UKIP leader Henry Bolton is deep in scandal after his glamour model girlfriend, Jo Marney sent a series of racist texts about Prince Harry's fiancee, Meghan Markle. The British politician has reportedly broken up with Marney a day after her texts were published by the Mail on Sunday. Bolton, 53, told Good Morning America that he had a "long" and "upsetting" conversation with his girlfriend, adding that it would be incompatible for the both of them to continue their relationship.
"I don't defend these comments whatsoever and indeed Jo has been suspended pending an investigation under the normal rules of the party for such things," Bolton told the morning segment. The parliamentarian re-inforced his stance that a resignation wouldn't be forthcoming.
However, the glamour model's statements on the future royal have stirred a rift within the party. According to the BBC, five UKIP members have drafted a resolution for the party's transformation, a move that doesn't seem to include Bolton. The politician's relationship with the 25-year-old model is looked upon as an "unhelpful distraction" and members want Bolton to go "as quietly as possible."
If the UKIP leader quits, the party will have to find its fifth leader in 18 months. After riding high on the EU referendum, UKIP's success has faded somewhat. The party is reportedly struggling from financial difficulties and many believe that Bolton's resignation might lead to UKIP's insolvency.
Marney, who describes herself as a presenter, music journalist, model, actor and Brexiteer on Twitter, sent a series of offensive texts to her friend three weeks before she started dating the UKIP leader. In the messages, she said the American actress's "seed" will "taint" the Royal family and will allow a way for a "Black King" to be the constitutional monarch.
UKIP leader Henry Bolton's girlfriend Jo Marney says her racist rant about Meghan Markle was "taken out of context".— Will Black (@WillBlackWriter) January 14, 2018
Unless she went back to Berlin 1939 via a time machine, and was Eva Braun, it's hard to see a context that could explain this bile.
Exchange via @arusbridger pic.twitter.com/g2j2BEjgOh
She also said she would never have sex with a "negro" because they are "ugly." When Marney's friend asked what's wrong with black people, the reply came, "Ugly. Not my thing. Just personal taste. They don’t turn me on." Marney also commented on Britain's "immigration problem," stating, "This is Britain. Not Africa."
Marney's friend then went on to call her racist but the UKIP party member said, "Lol so what... Not wanting other races and cultures to invade your own culture doesn’t mean I hate their race. Just means I don’t want their cultures invading mine."
The Kent native later apologized in the Mail on Sunday, claiming that her statements had been taken out of context. She added, "I apologize unreservedly for the shocking language I used. The opinions I expressed were deliberately exaggerated in order to make a point and have, to an extent, been taken out of context. Yet I fully recognize the offense they have caused."
"No offense was intended and, again, I apologize unreservedly for any such offense or hurt that my messages have caused to members of the public, members of Ukip my friends, family and loved ones. I have disappointed them all and let myself down. I cannot sufficiently express my regret and sadness at having done so." Marney was suspended hours after the texts were published with UKIP Chairman Paul Oakden saying the party doesn't condone racism.
It is unclear when Marney and Bolton started their relationship but according to reports, the UKIP leader left his Russian wife Tatiana Smurova in July 2016. Smurova told The Sun later that she was unaware he left her for another woman until December 30 when she received his break-up text.
This isn't the first time however when a British politician has made offensive remarks on the British royal family. In September 2016, Labour MP Emma Dent Coad claimed Prince Philip cheated on The Queen. She also went on to say that Prince Harry can't fly a helicopter when, in fact, he served in the army for a decade. However, no action was taken against her and Kensington Palace declined to comment.
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