Nigel Farage has a ‘violent temper’ claims female MEP. Nikki Sinclaire, a former Ukip MEP, claims Nigel Farage threatened her with his fist during an outburst
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Nikki Sinclaire, who left Mr Farage’s party and now sits as an independent, claimed the Ukip leader has a “violent temper” and has fallen out with a string of MEPs.
The party is hostile to women and used to hold meetings in gentlemen’s clubs, Ms Sinclaire claimed.
A party spokesman declined to comment on the allegation Mr Farage had put his fist in her face during an outburst.
She told the BBC: “I’ve been a victim of violence from Nigel Farage, assault in the European Parliament.”
It was physical and verbal that made me tremble. He didn’t hit me – that’s battery. Assault is where someone puts their fist in front of someone’s face and threatens you.” She said the party was unwelcoming to women. “You will not find a senior women who has been there fore more than five years. When I was on the national executive we had meetings in gentlemen’s clubs: that was there attitude towards women.” She went on: “Nigel Farage has been an MEP for 15 years; in that time there has been 19 other UKIP MEPs and he has fallen out with 11. In this Parliament in the last five years, the 12 MEPs he brought back to Brussels, he has fallen out with six.” She said the party had achieved nothing since it was first elected to Brussels in 1999, and the party’s allies in the EU parliament included Holocaust deniers. She denied she had a vendetta against the party. “My mine purpose in life is to get a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union.” Ms Sinclaire represents the West Midlands and is currently on bail on fraud charges relating to her parliamentary expenses. Earlier this month she used parliamentary privilege to claim Mr Farage had employed his wife and former mistress on the Brussels payroll.