UKIP Leadership Contender Woolfe Considered Defecting to Conservatives

Steven Woolfe, a clear favorite to win the UKIP leadership in the last race before his candidacy was thrown out on a technicality and again now a contender for the new race was last week considering defecting to the Conservative party, according to reports. Mr. Woolfe is said to have met with a number of top Conservatives over the weekend to discuss his possible defection to Theresa May’s Conservatives before the surprise resignation of leader-elect Diane James on Tuesday evening. The departure of Mrs. James before she had even completed the acceptance procedure of becoming the official leader of UKIP means the party has again reverted to Nigel Farage. Mr Farage has made clear he has no intention of leading the party again, and the hunt is on again to find a leader. Northern MEP Steven Woolfe was the first candidate to declare he was running, but just hours later London political gossip blog Guido Fawkes reported on Woolfe’s flirtation with the Conservatives. Leading Tory Eurosceptic David Davis is said to have been a kay figure in bringing Woolfe onboard. Mr. Woolfe said in a statement: “I have been enthused by the start to Theresa May’s premiership. Her support of new