An ex-UKIP MEP made a big announcement and got shot down in flames

MEP for the North West of England, Steven Woolfe, was once one of the poster boys for UKIP until a series of embarrassing events, including missing the deadline for UKIP’s leadership race and being involved in a fist fight with a fellow UKIP MEP. He now sits as an Independent – making him something of a trendsetter, if recent events are anything to go by.

When the news broke that – now former – Conservative MP, Anna Soubry had quit her party to throw in her lot with the new Independent Group in Parliament, Woolfe took to Twitter to throw down a gauntlet.


His bizarre announcement was largely met with scorn, as these reactions show.

Most stinging of all, the Conservative Party’s official headquarters made its own statement …

Now that’s got some muscle.