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UKIP lawmaker hospitalized after altercation with colleagues

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, June 22, 2016 file  photo, UK Independence Party's Steven Woolfe, a Member of the European Parliament, speaks at the final press conference before the referendum on Britain's vote to leave or remain in the EU, in London. Britain’s right-wing U.K. Independence Party says one of its European Parliament members is in serious condition in a hospital after an ‘altercation’ with colleagues. Party leader Nigel Farage said Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 that “following an altercation that took place at a meeting of UKIP MEPs this morning ... Steven Woolfe subsequently collapsed and was taken to hospital. His condition is serious.”  (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, June 22, 2016 file photo, UK Independence Party's Steven Woolfe, a Member of the European Parliament, speaks at the final press conference before the referendum on Britain's vote to leave or remain in the EU, in London. Britain’s right-wing U.K. Independence Party says one of its European Parliament members is in serious condition in a hospital after an ‘altercation’ with colleagues. Party leader Nigel Farage said Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 that “following an altercation that took place at a meeting of UKIP MEPs this morning ... Steven Woolfe subsequently collapsed and was taken to hospital. His condition is serious.” (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, June 22, 2016 file photo, UK Independence Party's Steven Woolfe, a Member of the European Parliament, right, listens as then leader of the party Nigel Farage speaks at the final press conference to the referendum on Britain's vote to leave or remain in the EU, in London. Britain’s right-wing U.K. Independence Party says one of its European Parliament members is in serious condition in a hospital after an ‘altercation’ with colleagues. Party leader Nigel Farage said Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 that “following an altercation that took place at a meeting of UKIP MEPs this morning ... Steven Woolfe subsequently collapsed and was taken to hospital. His condition is serious.”  (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

    FILE - In this Wednesday, June 22, 2016 file photo, UK Independence Party's Steven Woolfe, a Member of the European Parliament, right, listens as then leader of the party Nigel Farage speaks at the final press conference to the referendum on Britain's vote to leave or remain in the EU, in London. Britain’s right-wing U.K. Independence Party says one of its European Parliament members is in serious condition in a hospital after an ‘altercation’ with colleagues. Party leader Nigel Farage said Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 that “following an altercation that took place at a meeting of UKIP MEPs this morning ... Steven Woolfe subsequently collapsed and was taken to hospital. His condition is serious.” (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2014 file photo, Steven Woolfe speaks in London.  Party leader Nigel Farage said Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 that “following an altercation that took place at a meeting of UKIP MEPs this morning ... Steven Woolfe subsequently collapsed and was taken to hospital. His condition is serious.”  (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2014 file photo, Steven Woolfe speaks in London. Party leader Nigel Farage said Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016 that “following an altercation that took place at a meeting of UKIP MEPs this morning ... Steven Woolfe subsequently collapsed and was taken to hospital. His condition is serious.” (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

Britain's right-wing U.K. Independence Party says one of its European Parliament members is in serious condition in a hospital after an "altercation" with colleagues.

Party leader Nigel Farage said Thursday that "following an altercation that took place at a meeting of UKIP MEPs this morning ... Steven Woolfe subsequently collapsed and was taken to hospital. His condition is serious."

The euroskeptic party was instrumental in getting Britain to hold a referendum on EU membership, which ended in a June 23 vote to leave. Since then, however, it has been torn by infighting.

Long-time leader Farage stepped down after the referendum, and was replaced by Diane James. She quit Tuesday after just 18 days — leaving Farage interim leader.

Woolfe had announced his intention to run in an upcoming leadership UKIP contest.