Henry Bolton has quit UKIP after party members voted to sack him over his relationship with a model who sent racist messages.
The married 54-year-old confirmed earlier this week that he was back with 25-year-old Jo Marney, who was revealed to have sent offensive messages about Prince Harry’s fiancee Meghan Markle.
She was suspended by the party and later resigned after it emerged she had said Ms Markle had a “tiny brain” and would “taint” the Royal Family.
Speaking during a joint appearance on ITV’s This Morning, Mr Bolton said his new partner was worth losing his job over.
Amid the row, Mr Bolton had previously claimed the “romantic element” of their relationship was over, despite him continuing to see Ms Marney.
The furore over their relationship precipitated a string of resignations and a vote of no confidence in Mr Bolton, which he decisively lost last weekend.
Ahead of that fateful vote, Mr Bolton told Sky News the media scrutiny of his personal life was comparable to that experienced by the late Princess Diana.