Ukip councillor quits party over arrest 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 allegedly involved in an incident outside Portsmouth Guildhall on April 28, on the day Ukip leader Nigel Farage was visiting the city.

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