Bloom sits as independent

The controversial Ukip MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber Godfrey Bloom will sit as an independent but has not quit Ukip. He was stripped of the party whip after offensive remarks about women and an altercation with a journalist.

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Bloom says he is "old UKIP"

Godfrey Bloom talks about quitting as an UKIP MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber after his outbursts on the day of his party's annual conference.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage confirmed the "last straw" was threats made to Calendar's political correspondent Paul Brand. David Hirst reports.

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Bloom - Farage says Calendar interview sealed Godfrey's fate

The full interview with UKIP leader Nigel Farage after the controversial politician Godfrey Bloom quit as a UKIP MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber following his outbursts on the day of his party's annual conference last week.

Mr Bloom was suspended on Friday after he made offensive remarks about women, lashed out at a journalist with a brochure, and threatened Calendar's Political correspondent. He's staying on as an independent MEP and as a member of UKIP.

Mr Farage revealed that threats to Calendar's Paul Brand sealed his fate.

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Bloom: UKIP not right for me anymore

Godfrey Bloom released a statement announcing that he will sit as an independent MEP but will remain a UKIP member:

I have felt for some time now that the ‘New UKIP’ is not really right for me anymore. I shall sit out my term as an independent and give my whole hearted support to Jane Collins who is almost certainly going to be the next UKIP MEP and probably a second seat yet to be decided. I shall of course retain my membership.

– Godfrey Bloom

Nigel Farage: 'hacked off' with Bloom over comments

The leader of the UK Independence Party has reacted angrily following the behaviour of Yorkshire and Humber MEP Godfrey Bloom at the party's annual conference.

Mr Bloom has had the whip withdrawn after calling women at the meeting in Westminster 'sluts' before hitting a journalist with a brochure. Nigel Farage says he is 'hacked off' with Mr Bloom and feels his actions have distracted attention from the party's core message.

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Fellow Ukip MEP: Bloom's comments 'very damaging'

Fellow Ukip MEP Roger Helmer has criticised Godfrey Bloom, who has had the party whip removed after calling women "sluts" at a Ukip fringe event.

Mr Helmer told Channel 4 News:

He is a colourful and outspoken character and I don't think there's any malice in his make up...It's quite clear that today he went way over the top, his remarks are very unhelpful, very damaging.

I'm sorry he didn't keep his tongue under a little more control.

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Farage: Bloom has ruined Ukip party conference

Ukip leader Nigel Farage said MEP Godfrey Bloom has ruined the party's conference after he called women "sluts".

Nigel Farage during his speech at the UKIP party conference. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Watch: Ukip MEP defends calling women 'sluts'

Farage told his party conference: "Increasingly over past months his statements have left us in a position where, frankly, what we stand for and what we campaign for are irrelevant.

"Because all anyone wants to know is Godfrey's latest comment, I've had very sharp words with him about it."

He added: "There is no media coverage of this conference, it's gone, it's dead, it's all about Godfrey hitting a journalist and using an unpleasant four letter word.

"We can't put up with it and I said to you earlier, we cannot have any one individual, however fun or flamboyant or entertaining or amusing they are, we cannot have any one individual destroying Ukip's national conference and that is what he's done today."

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