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Ukip MEP Steven Woolfe faces no police action on undeclared drink-drive offence

Published 11/08/2016

Steven Woolfe was seen as the front-runner in the Ukip leadership race until he missed the nominations deadline
Steven Woolfe was seen as the front-runner in the Ukip leadership race until he missed the nominations deadline

Former Ukip leadership hopeful Steven Woolfe will face no further police action over his failure to declare a drink-driving offence while running for public office.

Mr Woolfe, who was excluded from the race to succeed Nigel Farage after submitting his nomination papers 17 minutes late, did not disclose the 2002 conviction when he stood for a police and crime commissioner post in 2012.

The MEP said Greater Manchester Police have told him "no further action will be taken regarding this offence".

Mr Woolfe said: "Greater Manchester Police have reviewed the complaint made against me and have confirmed that I am not under investigation, nor will they be taking any further action in respect of my 2002 drink-drive offence or my candidacy in the 2012 police and crime commissioner election.

"I wish to thank the Greater Manchester Police for their swift response.

"I would also like to thank those who supported me through this process.

"This was one of several attempts by political opponents, using information on Ukip databases, to damage my reputation and ensure I could not stand as party leader."

When Mr Woolfe, who was regarded as the front-runner, was excluded from the leadership contest, his supporters claimed he had been the victim of a coup led by Ukip's only MP, Douglas Carswell, and Welsh Assembly group leader Neil Hamilton.

MEPs Bill Etheridge, Diane James and Jonathan Arnott along with Elizabeth Jones, Councillor Lisa Duffy and Phillip Broughton are all battling to replace Mr Farage.

The victor will be announced at Ukip's annual conference in Bournemouth on September 15.

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