Live updates

Godfrey Bloom marks "eventful year" in Christmas card

Bloom and his wife in their 2013 Christmas card

Controversial MEP, Godfrey Bloom, has tackled his critics head-on in his annual Christmas card.

Bloom, who left UKIP earlier this year, following a series of high profile gaffes appears with his wife, Katie.

He poses with a set of bongos, in response to a comment over foreign aid, where he claimed Britain should not send aid to "bongo-bongo land".

Mrs Bloom is dressed as a 'slut' - referencing comments made by Bloom during a Women In Politics talk in reference to a comment made years earlier about women not cleaning behind the fridge.

The MEP says the card, which will be sent to around 400 people, was a way of marking the "eventful year".

Bloom thinking of becoming an MP

Yorkshire's former UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom says he 'doesn't do regrets' and is not sorry for any of the behaviour that led to his resignation earlier this year.

Instead, he told journalists he is thinking of becoming an MP in Westminster.

Mr Bloom resigned from his party in September after making a joke about women being 'sluts' and then threatening journalists. Calendar's Paul Brand reports.

Advertisement

Bloom has "no regrets"

Bloom resigned from UKIP after a series of high profile outbursts Credit: Press Association

Yorkshire's former UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom says he 'doesn't do regrets' and is not sorry for any of the behaviour that led to his resignation earlier this year.

Instead, he told journalists he is thinking of becoming an MP in Westminster.

Mr Bloom resigned from his party in September after making a joke about women being 'sluts' and then threatening journalists.

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.

Advertisement

  1. National

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.

  1. National

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.

Load more updates