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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.

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."