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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

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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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:


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

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