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Mike Hookem: 'No punches were thrown'

Mike Hookem denied that any punches were thrown Credit: PA

Mike Hookem denied any punches were thrown when he and Ukip leadership favourite Steven Woolfe clashed at the European Parliament.

Defence spokesman Mr Hookem admitted that a "scuffle" had taken place but maintained he acted in self-defence.

Mr Woolfe is currently in hospital in Strasbourg following the coming together.

But Mr Hookem insisted he was not responsible for his colleague's injuries.

"If they suspend me they will have to suspend Steven Woolfe as well", the 62-year-old told the BBC.


Schulz refers Steven Woolfe altercation to committee

Martin Schulz. Credit: Reuters

European Parliament President Martin Schulz has said he will refer an altercation, which caused Ukip MEP Steven Woolfe to collapse,to an advisory committee.

Mr Schulz said he asked for the parliament's committee to deal with the "very regrettable matter" next week as a matter of "urgency".

"The reported facts are extremely serious," he added. "It goes without saying that disrespectful and violent behaviour does not have a place in the European Parliament.

"Moreover, indulging in this kind of conduct might result in a breach of Rule 11 of Parliament’s Rules of Procedures and of Article 1 of the Code of Conduct for Members of the European Parliament."

Farage: 'I've launched inquiry into nasty altercation'

Nigel Farage has launched an inquiry into the 'altercation' Credit: PA

Nigel Farage has launched an inquiry into the "nasty altercation" between Ukip MEPs Steven Woolfe and Mike Hookem.

Mr Farage, who admitted he is back in temporary charge of the party, said he hopes to have established what exactly happened by next week.

"I've launched an investigation: two senior party officers will take witness statements from everybody inside and outside that room and we will know by the middle of next week exactly what happened", he said.

The 52-year-old added: "He [Steven] has suffered two nasty seizures.

"I don't know how long he's going to be in hospital but you know he's been through a very, very rough experience".

Woolfe has 'reached out hand of friendship' to Hookem

Ukip leadership hopeful Steven Woolfe has "reached out the hand of friendship" to fellow MEP Mike Hookem.

Mr Woolfe realised things "did go too far" after the pair came to blows outside the European Parliament on Thursday - landing Mr Woolfe in hospital with a suspected brain injury.

Ukip MEP Nathan Gill confirmed that the 49-year-old has now been moved to a neurological department for a further 48 hours.

He stressed that Mr Woolfe's condition had improved and described him as being in "extremely good form".

"Steven has this morning reached out the hand of friendship to Mr Hookem, to Mike, and has realised that things did go too far in the MEP meeting", Mr Gill said.

He added that while it is "way too early" to consider whether Mr Woolfe will still run for party leadership, a "full and thorough" investigation into the incident will be held.

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