UKIP MEP Steven Woolfe was taken to hospital after collapsing in the wake of an altercation at a party meeting in Strasbourg.

In a statement, recently re-appointed UKIP 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.”

The MEP for the North West was punched in the face during a meeting of UKIP MEPs, but did not collapse until a short time later when he went to vote at the European Parliament.

On Wednesday, Woolfe announced that he would stand for UKIP party leader after the shock resignation of Diane James after just 18 days in the job. He had planned to stand against James in the previous leadership election, but failed to get his application in on time.

The only other candidate to have put his hat in the ring so far is Raheem Kassam, who tweeted his well wishes to Woolfe following the news of his hospitalisation.

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