Ukip's Godfrey Bloom has party whip withdrawn

Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom has had the party whip withdrawn pending a formal disciplinary hearing after calling a room full of female delegates sluts, chairman Steve Crowther said.

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Bloom sits as independent MEP

Godfrey Bloom will sit as an independent MEP until next year's European election but has not quit Ukip. Mr Bloom was stripped of the party whip after offensive remarks he made about women at a party event and an altercation with a TV journalist.