Ukip leader's girlfriend suspended over racist texts about Meghan Markle

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The homophobic leader of the UK Independence Party has been urged to quit after it emerged his new girlfriend sent racist texts about Meghan Markle.

Published by The Daily Mail on Saturday, the messages purportedly include a comment from Marney saying Markle's "seed will taint our Royal Family." .

In a statement to the newspaper, Ms Marney said: "I apologise unreservedly for the shocking language I used".

Bolton, 54, whose relationship with Marney is under investigation by the party, said she had been suspended "immediately upon us receiving this information". "He must go, he must go quickly, he must go as quietly as possible".

Mr Etheridge said that Mr Bolton should "go now", adding: "His lack of experience in politics has got the better of him".

"UKIP does not, has not and never will condone racism", he told the MoS.

Social media posts unearthed by the British tabloid the Sun after revealing Marney's relationship with Bolton show her calling London a "shanty town" because of "foreigners bringing their customs over here" and also branding women accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault as "whinging little divas".

She added: "The opinions I expressed were deliberately exaggerated in order to make a point and have, to an extent, been taken out of context".

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Peter Whittle, leader of UKIP's delegation in the London Assembly, also called for Marney to be "expelled altogether" for the "disgraceful remarks".

If he is ousted, the party will be left to elect its fifth leader in just 18 months.

Ukip chairman Paul Oakden released a statement and explained their decision to suspend Marney.

Ukip's National Executive Committee is set to meet on Thursday to decide the party leader's fate. "Yet I fully recognized the offense they have caused", she said.

Mr Oakden declined to give his own views on Mr Bolton's situation, but said the party needs to be "behind our leader 100% in taking that battle (for Brexit) forward".

The UKIP leader confirmed that he had a "change in my relationship status" in recent weeks, although denied reports that is had involved "a clandestine affair".

He claimed that his marriage to Ms Smurova was already over when he met Miss Marney, and has said: 'I have no doubt I'm going to come out of this, and Jo and I are going to come out of this as a couple, stronger than we went into it'.

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