UKIP leadership hopeful Steven Woolfe was taken to hospital following an altercation at a meeting of party MEPs, interim leader Nigel Farage has said.wowIn a statement he said Mr Woolfe had “subsequently collapsed” and his “condition is serious”.

Mr Woolfe, MEP for the North West, was taken to hospital in Strasbourg for tests.

In his statement, Mr Farage said: ” I deeply regret that following an altercation that took place at a meeting of UKIP MEPs this morning that Steven Woolfe subsequently collapsed and was taken to hospital. His condition is serious.”

Mr Woolfe, who celebrates his 49th birthday today, is said to have been taken ill after walking out of a vote at the parliament in Strasbourg.