Ukip councillor quits following arrest over incident outside Portsmouth Guildhall

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A UKIP councillor who was arrested in connection with an assault involving a protestor during a European election campaign has quit the party.

Cllr Tony Hooke, who represents Andover South on Hampshire County Council, was arrested following the incident outside Portsmouth Guildhall on April 28.

It came on the day at Ukip leader Nigel Farage visited the city to promote the party in the run up to the European south-east elections.

But now Cllr Hooke has stepped away from Ukip to avoid discrediting it should he be charged in the run-up to next year’s General Election.

He will continue as an independent councillor for Andover South.