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Region's Ukip MEPs call on embattled leader to quit

Ukip MEP Tim Aker has left his post as the party’s Local Government Spokesman as pressure grows on Henry Bolton to quit as leader.

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Mr Aker, who’s an MEP for the East of England said he cannot serve under Henry Bolton, and encouraged him to resign. It follows the decision by East Midlands MEP Margot Parker to step down as Deputy leader.

Margot Parker, Henry Bolton, Tim Aker (l-r) Credit: Twitter.

The resignations came after Ukip's ruling national executive committee (NEC) backed a motion of no confidence in Mr Bolton on Sunday following the disclosure that his girlfriend had sent racist messages about Meghan Markle.

Mr Bolton has faced a stream of calls to resign since the highlyoffensive messages sent by Jo Marney, 25, were published by the Mail on Sunday.