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'Gaffe machine' Bloom wins award for gobbledygook

Bungling Ukip politician Godfrey Bloom's gaffe-prone prose has won him an award for gobbledygook.

Former Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom has won an award. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive

The controversial former MEP, who is now an Independent MEP for Yorkshire and Humber, has been named the winner of the Plain English Campaign's Foot in Mouth award for 2013.

The award marks an eventful year for Mr Bloom, who was censured for calling women "sluts" at a meeting and for hitting a Channel 4 News journalist over the head with a conference programme.

He had previously been widely condemned for referring to Bongo Bongo Land when he was discussing overseas aid.

A campaign spokesman said: "Bloom was an overwhelming choice for the Foot in Mouth award and, to be fair to him, could easily have won this award on at least two other occasions. (He is) a wince-inducing gaffe machine and we could fill a page or two with his ill-advised quotes from 2013 alone."

Read: Godfrey's bloomers - eight of his infamous controversies

Godfrey Bloom: 'Political lies overwhelm you'

Godfrey Bloom referred to women as "sluts" during the UKIP conference. Credit: PA

Former Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom has said no "sane" person from a professional background would enter politics these days because they would be vilified for holding convictions.

Mr Bloom is now an Independent MEP for Yorkshire and Humber after he was criticised for calling women at a meeting "sluts" and hitting the Channel Four News journalist Michael Crick over the head with a conference programme.

Writing in the Yorkshire Post, he said: "The vilification and lies overwhelm anyone with conviction."

He said: "Is Bongo Bongo Land offensive? Only if I say it. Nick Robinson, the BBC's political editor, used it in his book Live From Downing Street last year and no one said a word.

"But of course he isn't me."

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Bloom will sit as independent MEP after 'sluts' row

Godfrey Bloom referred to women as "sluts" during the UKIP conference. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Godfrey Bloom says he will sit as an independent MEP until next year's European election but has not quit UKIP.

Mr Bloom, an MEP for Yorkshire and Humber, was stripped of the party whip last week after calling women "sluts" at a UKIP conference fringe event.

Mr Bloom said the "New UKIP" was "not really right for me any more". His spokeswoman said it was not clear whether he would seek re-election for a third term next May.

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.

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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Bloom's humour 'doesn't translate well in modern UK'

The trouble with Godfrey is that he is not a racist, he's not an extremist or any of those things and he's not even anti-women but he has a sort-of rather old fashioned territorial army sense of humour which does not translate very well in modern Britain.

What he ought to have learnt is that time and time again he says things that overshadow the whole agenda that Ukip is fighting for.

– Nigel Farage, Ukip leader

Ukip MEP defends calling women 'sluts'

A UK Independence party MEP has defended branding women "sluts" during a party event designed to increase the number of women in politics.

Godfrey Bloom said female Ukip members joked that they did not clean behind the fridge and he responded by saying "this place is full of sluts."

The Huffington Post UK recorded the incident and posted it on the website.

Questioned about using the term, Mr Bloom said: "I made a joke and said 'oh well you're all sluts' and everybody laughed including all the women."

But his press officer claimed there was confusion between the terms "sluts" and "slags".

Watch Ukip MEP attack a Channel 4 News correspondent with a brochure

Read: 'Bongo' MEP 'regrets offence'

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