Sixty-two-year-old British European Parliament member Steven Woolfe was hospitalized following a fistfight with his party colleague Mike Hookem. Both represent the United Kingdom Independence Party in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. According to press reports, Mike Hookem accuses Steven Woolfe of wanting to betray his party by joining the conservatives. Woolfe is reported to have responded by pulling off his jacket and challenging Hookem to a fight. During the fight, Woolfe is said to have suffered a head injury. Hours after the fight, he collapsed and was taken to a hospital.
According to hospital reports, there is no blood clot in Mr. Woolfe’s brain, but he reports feeling minor numbness on the left side of his face. He is being kept in the hospital overnight for observation.
Steven Woolfe is campaigning for the leadership of the UK Independence Party, the party that was instrumental in persuading the majority of British voters to favor leaving the European Union. Nigel Farage announced that he would step in as the interim party leader until a replacement for Diane Jame can be chosen. Ms. James replaced Mr. Farage as party leader, but she stepped down after only 18 days in office for “personal reasons.”
So far, to the best of my knowledge, we have had no fistfights in the US House of Representatives, but with the hard feelings in that chamber, it may just be a matter of time.