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Ukip MEP Steven Woolfe 'was punched in the face', examination suggests

Steven Woolfe was taken to hospital on Thursday afternoon. Credit: Ukip

Ukip MEP Steven Woolfe was punched in the face, new medical evidence suggests.

Sources told ITV News that "bruises consistent with a punch" were found by a team of independent experts.

Mr Woolfe was involved in an altercation with fellow Ukip MEP Mike Hookem in Strasbourg on Thursday.

A spokesman for Mr Woolfe said the new medical examination supported his claim he was attacked.

Mike Hookem 'absolutely' denies being responsible for Mr Woolfe's injuries. Credit: PA

In a statement, the spokesman said: "A team of experts independent of the hospital staff were called in to examine physical injuries to Steven's face, head and body that were inconsistent with just a seizure or a fall as a result of a seizure.

"The team of experts also examined other pieces of evidence including clothing and images relating to those injuries.

"Their report will shine a different light on claims currently being made in the media."

The politician is still in hospital in Strasbourg being monitored by the neurological department.

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Mr Hookem "absolutely" denies being responsible for Mr Woolfe's injuries and claims he acted in self-defence during a "scuffle".

He again tweeted a picture of his hands which he says proves he is not the one to blame.

He captioned it: "Can you see any bruising or abrasions?"

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