The inside word on Bloom by Paul Brand

Calendar's political correspondent Paul Brand gives his version of how the controversial MEP for Yorkshire and Humber sealed his fate.

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Bloom says it's his job to upset

Godfrey Bloom , the Yorkshire and the Humber UKIP MEP has dismissed the furore over comments he made about oversea aid

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Ukip MEP: 'Sluts' comment 'taken out of context'

The Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom has taken to Twitter to defend calling women "sluts" at a party conference event:

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Made a purposely outrageous joke among friends which was taken as joke by women present

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It shd not b taken out of context & misrepresented by a hostile press

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Disciplinary hearing for suspended UKIP councillor

A councillor suspended by UKIP and removed as leader of the party's group on Lincolnshire County Council faces an internal disciplinary hearing later today.

Chris Pain claims he has been suspended from UKIP because of a "serious issue" between himself and the party's national chairman Steve Crowther. Earlier this month Lincolnshire Police said they were taking no action against Mr Pain over alleged racist remarks posted on Facebook.

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Ukip's Godfrey Bloom walks out of Channel 4 interview

The senior Ukip politician who was caught on camera saying Britain should not send aid to "bongo bongo land" has walked out of a Channel 4 interview.

Becoming increasingly agitated by questions about his comments, the MEP said: "If you're not going to move on there isn't much point continuing, is there?" before removing his earpiece, bringing a premature end to the interview with Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murphy.

Godfrey Bloom seen removing his earpiece before walking out of an interview with Channel 4 Credit: Channel 4 News

Before walking out, Godfrey Bloom said he did not see why the phrase was racist insisting he had started a "national debate" about the issue of foreign aid.

The MEP said he would not use the phrase again because "he did not want to upset his party boss or chairman".

Watch the full interview on the Channel 4 website

MEP at centre of " Bongo bongo land" row issues statement

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Godfrey Bloom MEP

STATEMENT FROM GODFREY BLOOM, UKIP MEP:

"At a public speech in the West Midlands in early July I used a term which I subsequently gather under certain circumstances could be interpreted as pejorative to individuals and possibly cause offence.

"Although quite clearly no such personal usage was intended, I understand from UKIP Chairman Steve Crowther and leader Nigel Farage that I must not use the terminology in the future, nor will I and sincerely regret any genuine offence which might have been caused or embarrassment to my colleagues.

"My aim, successful as it appears, was to demonstrate the immorality of sending £1 billion per month abroad when we are desperately short of money here.

"Ring fenced overseas aid at nearly 70% of estimated GDP growth next year, some to buy arms - Mirage fighters in Argentina is just one example.

"My constituents come first and always will, they put me here to speak for them."

"Bongo bongo land" MEP denies he is racist

The controversial politician Godfrey Bloom has caused a storm of protest by saying that foreign aid is being sent to "Bongo Bongo Land".

The UKIP MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire has been told to watch his language by his party leaders after being caught on video saying that aid money is spent on sunglasses and apartments in Paris.

Today he spoke to Calendar's Chris Kiddey and defended his comments and insisted he was not a racist.

UKIP Chairman rebukes Bloom

Godfrey Bloom MEP
Godfrey Bloom MEP Credit: Press Association

Controversial Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom has been rebuked for complaining about the provision of taxpayer-funded aid to "bongo bongo land".

The outspoken Yorkshire and the Humber MEP was recorded questioning the UK's overseas aid payments, claiming the recipients spend the money on luxuries.

But responding to the controversy over Bloom's " Bongo bongo land " comments UKIP chairman Steve Crowther said: "We are asking Godfrey not to use this phrase again as it might be considered disparaging by members from other countries.

"However, foreign aid is an extremely important debate that needs wider discussion."

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