'I never split up with Jo' admits toppled UKIP leader

PUBLISHED: 17:06 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:06 23 February 2018

Henry Bolton

Henry Bolton

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Henry Bolton has admitted he lied about splitting up with Jo Marney after her racist message scandal.

Jo MarneyJo Marney

When asked by Nick Ferrari on LBC “were you ever not together?” a laughing Bolton said: “No. I think I was playing on words a little bit. I said I’d put personal issues in a box to be dealt with later.”

Asked how she felt about the romance being switched off and on Marney, 25, said: “Well it wasn’t – it was to the general public but not to me. I was fine with it.”

Bolton’s leadership came unstuck after messages sent by Marney were revealed where she said Megan Markle would “taint” the royal family. But even after a vote of no confidence in the leader from UKIP he battled on. He was finally deposed at a specially convened meeting last weekend.

Marney added: “It is quite difficult to sit at home and watch your boyfriend on tele saying he is not your boyfriend.”

But asked whether she could trust him she said: “Maybe the public shouldn’t trust him – but I do.”

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