- Pictures of Ukip leader with Ande Soteri entering Valletta hotel at 3.42am
- Mr Farage says she is disabled and he was supporting her as she walked
- Daily Mirror printed pictures under the headline: 'Did Ukip alone Nigel?'
- Mr Farage said: 'I've never heard anything so ridiculous in whole of my life'
Ukip leader Nigel Farage has today rubbished claims he had a late-night liaison with a woman in Malta, after photographs showed him holding hands with her as he entered a hotel.
The MEP strolled home with tourism executive Ande Soteri at 3.42am after a gala dinner, with conference delegates reportedly 'gossiping' that they left the party together in capital Valletta.
Today the Daily Mirror printed the photographs under the headline: 'So did UKIP alone Nigel?'
But Mr Farage and his party have responded, calling it 'absolutely ridiculous' and 'disgusting mischief-making' because Ms Soteri is disabled and he was simply supporting her as she walked.
'Mischief-making': Nigel Farage has called claims he had a late night liaison in Malta 'disgusting' after he was seen entering a hotel with Ande Soteri, right, holding hands
Speaking from Malta he told the Daily Telegraph: 'I was at a party in a bar next to the hotel and we walked back to the hotel and went to bed. I didn’t go to bed with her.
'She is disabled. She has a stick and I had to help her walk the 50 yards from the bar to the hotel. I have never heard anything so ridiculous in the whole of my life.'
A Ukip press officer added it was 'ludicrous and abhorrent mischief making' ahead of the crucial Newark by-election today.
Mr Farage was speaking at a tourism conference at the five-star Hilton in Valletta. After a gala dinner on Tuesday evening he joined delegates for drinks at various bars. He then walked Ms Soteri home.
She reportedly said: 'Yes, I was with Mr Farage. We are staying at the same hotel – there was no impropriety between us'.
There have been several reports about Mr Farage's alleged colourful love life.
In 2005 there were reports of a seven times-a-night tryst with a Latvian woman in Liga, which led to Ukip colleagues presenting him with a can of 7UP to celebrate.
He has at times dismissed the claims as ‘nonsense’ but in his memoirs recalled the encounter: ‘I met her in a pub and accepted her invitation home for a drink. She was sleek and seductive and I will not splutter that after the first bottle I would necessarily have behaved like Sir Galahad.’
Night out: Mr Farage had been at a gala dinner in Malta and says he was simply supporting the disabled woman home
Claims: Former Ukip MEP Nikki Sinclaire, left, accused Mr Farage in the European Parliament of paying both his wife and 'former mistress' Annabelle Fuller using taxpayers' money. Mr Farage denies having an affair
It also did not help that Godfrey Bloom, his Brussels flatmate and former Ukip colleague, had declared in characteristically colourful language: ‘We all have our foibles and our weaknesses – mine is real ale, I’ve never been partial to crumpet.
MEP Godfrey Bloom, Mr Farage's Brussels flatmate, has claimed the Ukip leader's weakness is women
'Nigel’s is women. It’s not something he ever denied.’
In March former Ukip MEP Nikki Sinclaire challenged the Ukip leader in the European Parliament over claims he employs both his wife and ‘former mistress’ Annabelle Fuller on the taxpayer.
Both Mr Farage and Ms Fuller, a Ukip press aide, deny they had an affair, which he dismissed the claims as ‘absolute nonsense’.
Mrs Farage has also poured scorn on ‘outrageous’ claims he had an affair with a former party worker.
She said: ‘I have heard it before and it always comes from the same sort of people who wouldn’t – even if it would be true which it isn’t – she wouldn’t possibly know – because she has never been part of that inner circle or worked for Nigel.’
Today the Daily Mirror said they had shown Mrs Farage the Malta photos on their front page, and she said: 'no comment'
She and Mr Farage met in Frankfurt in 1996, while he was travelling on business - and still married to his first wife, Grainne, the mother of his eldest two children..’
The couple divorced in 1997 and Mr Farage married Kirsten in 1999.
Kirsten, gave up her career in the City, where she worked as an interpreter for a German bank, to look after the children - she and Mr Farage have two - and take her husband’s correspondence.