Nigel Farage’s alleged mistress attempted suicide following a bitter argument with his wife at Ukip’s post-European elections bash.
Annabelle Fuller, a former party aide, said that she had been invited to the event by the leader himself, but was unceremoniously turfed out after Kirsten Farage took exception to her being there.
"I will have security drag you out by your hair if you don't leave," Mrs Farage allegedly yelled during the party at the InterContinental Westminster hotel on 26 May.
Fuller, 32, revealed how she was "escorted out in front of colleagues and friends I had known for years and I knew outside there were a load of TV cameras and journalists. I was humiliated".
After the fracas spilled out into a neighbouring pub, where Fuller says Mrs Farage confronted her again, the ex-spin doctor, who has suffered with depression for nine years, then went home, took an overdose and tried to cut her wrists.
A spokesman for Ukip declined to comment on behalf of Mrs Farage to The Independent.
Fuller strenuously denies the allegations of an affair, which came about in March after Ukip defector Nikki Sinclaire used parliamentary privilege to name her during a debate in the European Parliament.
On March 12 Sinclaire, then MEP for the We Demand a Referendum party, asked: ‘With unemployment still a problem across Europe and indeed across the UK, does Mr Farage thinks it is a fair use of taxpayers’ money, namely his secretarial allowance, not only to employ his wife Kirsten but his former mistress Annabelle Fuller?’
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In an interview with the Express, Fuller says the days that followed Sinclaire’s speech resulted in her resignation. “I thought, ‘this is it,’” she said.
After leaving her job in the press department she says she lost the ‘support network’ of her former colleagues.
Eighteen years younger than her party’s leader, she had been working for Farage since 2004 and said she had acted like his “mother,” reminding him to drink water not just tea. Farage also vehemently refutes the allegations, his office stating that Sinclaire's accusations are "absolute rubbish."
Mr Farage has denied the affair.
According to Fuller, he was sympathetic after the dramatic turn that last month’s celebrations took, telling her he was "sorry".
“I knew it had nothing to do with Nigel and I called him up he said, ‘What the hell's going on?’
“He then comes along, he hugged me and I was in floods of tears - the floodgates opened like they had never opened.”
Fuller says she woke up on a drip in hospital after friends called the emergency services.
She added that she doesn't blame Mrs Farage, but that the suicide attempt “was a desperate desire not to be unhappy anymore after a bloody awful day.
“I had been waking up every morning for the past few months dreading the phone ringing, dreading checking my emails, wondering if there was going to be someone at my door - basically living my life in a veil of complete panic.
“No relaxing, no mananas. Just everything hit all of a sudden.
“One of the reasons I'm speaking now is sometimes it’s easier to lance the boil yourself.”
She now plans to move to Bath and concentrate on her millinery firm.Reuse content