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.
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".
The Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom has said he "sincerely regrets any genuine offence" caused by his "bongo bongo land" remark. A statement on his website reads:
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 Party 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.
The former leader of Ukip's youth wing, Oliver Neville, has accused the party of hypocrisy after its MEP Godfrey Bloom appeared to get away lightly for his comments on "bongo bongo land".
Mr Neville was fired by the party leadership after expressing his own views on gay marriage in a radio interview, and believes it was because his opinion was at odds with the party's socially conservative agenda.
He told ITV News: "There is a very big difference between the type of punishments you get depending on who you are and who you know".
UKIP leader Nigel Farage expelled an Italian MEP from a parliamentary group earlier this year after he referred to the Italian government as a "bongo bongo" administration following the appointment of its first black minister.
Mario Borghezio MEP, a member of Italy's right wing Northern League, was formally expelled in June after Mr Farage described his comments as "repugnant".
“We have sent out an unmistakable signal that racist comments are unacceptable,” he is cited as saying.
Mr Farage is co-chairman of the eurosceptic Europe of Freedom and Democracy group in the European Parliament.
Ukip chairman Steve Crowther has asked Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom to refrain from using a phrase - presumably "bong bongo land" - but added that a wider discussion on foreign aid was needed:
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.