UK party leader's girlfriend suspended over Meghan Markle comments


The girlfriend of the leader of Britain’s right-wing U.K. Independence Party has been suspended from the party after reportedly making racist comments about Prince Harry’s American fiancee, Meghan Markle.

The Mail on Sunday published a series of messages reportedly sent by 54-year-old Henry Bolton’s 25-year-old girlfriend, Jo Marney.

>> On Rare.us: Meghan Markle’s half-sister slams rumors about her family ahead of the royal wedding

Marney reportedly said Markle would “taint” the royal family, that she had a “tiny brain” and that black people were "ugly."

In a statement to The Mail, Marney said: “I apologize unreservedly for the shocking language I used.”

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. Yet I fully recognize the offense they have caused.”

Former deputy leader of the party Peter Whittle wrote on Twitter: “These are disgraceful remarks," adding, “This person should not just be suspended … but expelled altogether.”

>> Read more trending news 

UKIP’s chairman, Paul Oakden, told the Mail on Sunday that Marney had been suspended from the party membership immediately after he was made aware of the messages.

“UKIP does not, has not and never will condone racism,” he said.

Bolton, who was elected party leader in September, tweeted to confirm that Marney had been suspended from the party “immediately upon [UKIP] receiving this information.”

He was responding to a teenage party activist who urged him to publicly call for Marney to have her UKIP membership revoked.

“Her words were blatantly racist and there should be no room for that in UKIP,” Jack Penny wrote on Twitter.

Bolton confirmed his relationship with Marney in a letter to UKIP supporters earlier this month, after seemingly leaving his wife to pursue his new relationship, the BBC reported.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Springfield Entertainment

JUST IN: Luke Bryan’s Farm Tour back in region — and some tickets are on sale now
JUST IN: Luke Bryan’s Farm Tour back in region — and some tickets are on sale now

The location of the Luke Bryan concert planned for a farm in our neck of the woods has been revealed — and it’s back in our region. Ayars Family Farm, located just outside of Mechanicsburg, is the new location for the Dayton-region tour stop on Sept. 27. The concert was originally scheduled for Springfork Farms in Irwin. The location...
Quiz: How much do you know about Michael Jackson? 
Quiz: How much do you know about Michael Jackson? 

It’s been nine years since the sudden death of Michael Jackson, and his adoring legion of fans, collaborators and family have honored the King of Pop with tributes, music and films ever since his death on June 25, 2009. In his 50 years on earth, Jackson accomplished such feats as producing the best-selling album of all time, &ldquo...
NEW EVENT: More than 30 food trucks  join Darke County’s first food truck rally and competition
NEW EVENT: More than 30 food trucks  join Darke County’s first food truck rally and competition

Dayton loves food trucks — and competitions. The two together make for one savory event. This new food truck event will be worth the trek to Greenville this summer, with 30 trucks on the list of participants already. And that list could grow. For the first time, a food truck rally and competition is coming to Darke County. On July 21, dozens...
Chill out with Kenny G this week at Rose Music Center
Chill out with Kenny G this week at Rose Music Center

Kenny G, performing at Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Thursday, June 28, is one of the most successful smooth jazz artists of all time. He has sold more than 75 million records and scored seven number one albums and seven number one singles and continues to explore new sonic territory. The award-winning saxophonist, born Kenneth Bruce Gorelick...
Black Violin to team up with Dayton youth in music fusion at Fraze Pavilion this week
Black Violin to team up with Dayton youth in music fusion at Fraze Pavilion this week

Shattering stereotypes comes naturally to South Florida’s Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester, the classically trained violist and violinist better known as Black Violin. Following engagements throughout North America and Europe, the fascinatingly versatile duo will bring their Classical Boom Tour...
More Stories