1. ITV Report

Bloom in " Bongo Bongo land" racism row

A senior Ukip politician has been caught on camera saying Britain should not send aid to "bongo bongo land", claiming the recipients lavishly spend the money on luxuries.

Controversial Yorkshire and the Humber MEP Godfrey Bloom was filmed at a meeting of supporters in the West Midlands saying those who received aid spent the money on "Ray-Ban sunglasses, apartments in Paris, Ferraris and all the rest of it".

The video, obtained by the Guardian, also shows Mr Bloom railing against the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for ruling that full life sentences could not be handed down.

In the footage of his July speech at the meeting in Wordsley, near Stourbridge, Mr Bloom says:

"How we can possibly be giving a billion pounds a month when we're in this sort of debt to bongo bongo land is completely beyond me.

"To buy Ray-Ban sunglasses, apartments in Paris, Ferraris and all the rest of it that goes with most of the foreign aid. F18s for Pakistan. We need a new squadron of F18s. Who's got the squadrons? Pakistan, where we send the money."

– Godfrey Bloom UKIP MEP

A Ukip spokesman told the newspaper Mr Bloom's comments were being "discussed

right at the very highest level of the party".

Later in the speech, but in the same video displayed on the Guardian's website,

he says in reference to the ECHR ruling:

"You can torture people to death but you jolly well can't give them a full life sentence because that's against their human rights.

"We can't hang them because we're now a member of the European Union and it's embedded in the treaty of Rome.

"It's a personal thing, but I'd hang the bastards myself.

"Especially for some of these, especially for the guy who hacked the soldier

to death. I do hope they would ask me to throw the rope over the beam because I'd be delighted to do so."

– Godfrey Bloom UKIP MEP

Mr Bloom told the newspaper that his comments were not racist. He said: "What's wrong with that? I'm not a wishy-washy Tory. I don't do political correctness. The fact that the Guardian is reporting this will probably double my vote in the north of England."

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