UPDATE 1-Cayman Islands' ruling party fails to reach consensus to oust premier
* Premier arrested last week in corruption probe
* Premier has said he is victim of witch hunt
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Members of the Cayman Islands' ruling party failed to reach a consensus on Monday to oust Premier McKeeva Bush, who was arrested last week on suspicion of corruption, a party official said.
Key members of the United Democratic Party met on Monday to determine if they would withdraw their support for the embattled leader, said Ellio Solomon, who represents the party in parliament.
But the meeting ended without an agreement by the party to call on Bush to step down, he told Reuters. Solomon said some members who would like to see Bush resign had reached out to opposition leaders about trying to force Bush from office through a no confidence motion in parliament.
Bush, 57, was arrested on Dec. 11 by members of the Financial Crime Unit of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. He was released on bail until February, pending the possible filing of criminal charges against him.
Authorities have declined to give specific details of the investigation but said it included allegations of theft and misuse of a government credit card.
Solomon said he did not support ousting Bush since he has yet to be formally charged with any wrongdoing.
"It is my personal opinion that it is a very dangerous precedent that we would actually be setting," Solomon said.
The three-island territory has about 55,000 residents and is a global tax haven and offshore home to more than half of the world's hedge funds.
Bush, who has served as premier since 2009, has denied wrongdoing and said he had been the victim of a political witch hunt by the British-appointed colonial governor.
"The governor and my opposition have some of my people stabbing me in the back," Bush told the Cayman 27 television station on Sunday.
Steve Moore, who runs Governor Duncan Taylor's office, denied there was any political vendetta against Bush.
Bush has faced growing pressure to resign. The opposition People's Progressive Movement has urged the head of parliament to call a special session to hear a no-confidence motion to oust the premier.
Opposition leader Alden McLaughlin said last week that allowing Bush to continue as premier after his arrest would undermine confidence in the Cayman government.
The United Democratic Party holds nine seats in the parliament, which has 15 elected members. The opposition has four seats and there are two independents. General elections are scheduled for May 22.