UKIP Whitewash Inquiry Lets Hookem Off the Hook

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As Guido reported earlier, UKIP’s internal investigation into the Strasbourg fracas has essentially cleared Mike Hookem and slammed Steven Woolfe. They have ruled:

The decision of Mr Hookem to join Mr Woolfe in the ante room is the only action which I have the ability to consider for disciplinary action. In the absence of eye witnesses, the true facts of what took place in the ante room itself are impossible to determine and neither man has made an official complaint to the party over the incident.
 
“Had Mr Woolfe not collapsed later that day, we may never have known that the altercation took place at all.
 
“However, as Chairman, I’m appalled that such a situation could arise between two of our most high profile representatives and I have strongly considered suspension as a possible course of action.
 
 “I do however take into consideration the following:
(1) The apology and regret shown by Mr Hookem, for agreeing to join Mr Woolfe in the ante room.
(2) The excellent record of Mr Hookem in representing UKIP and its values prior to this incident.
(3) Acknowledging that Mr Hookem, whilst foolish, was not the instigator of this incident or subsequent press coverage and as such cannot be held principally responsible for either taking place.
 
“In light of this, a formal reprimand will be placed on Mr Hookem’s internal record, to be considered in the event of a reoccurrence of any infraction which might cause damage to the reputation of the party.
A whitewash, in other words. If Woolfe had still been a UKIP member and running for leader, safe to say the report would have been quite different…
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