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Ukip’s Godfrey Bloom faces sack after ‘sluts’ comment and journo attack

Ukip leader Nigel Farage says he wants to remove the party whip from financial services spokesman Godfrey Bloom after another controversial day for the MEP.

At the party conference in London today, Bloom branded a Channel 4 political correspondent Michael Crick a “racist” and hit him with a booklet after he asked why there were no black faces on a Ukip leaflet.

Immediately after the encounter Bloom reportedly called a room full of women “sluts” at a conference fringe event on women’s issues. He has dismissed the remark as a joke on twitter

After the comments, Bloom spoke on Ukip’s defence policy on the conference floor to cheers from party members and chants of “no apology”.

But seconds after his speech ended Farage told Sky News he was “hacked off” with Bloom and that he had overshadowed the conference.

Farage said Bloom should lose the party whip and will meet with the party chairman tonight to make his recommendation. It would see him become an independent MEP and not be able to stand under Ukip at the next election.

Bloom has previously courted controversy by saying foreign aid should be scrapped and not sent to “bongo bongo land”, prompting accusations of racism.

Earlier today Bloom told Money Marketing it is “immoral” that Financial Ombudsman Service staff do not need to hold financial qualifications.

Bloom was unavailable for comment.

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  1. Can somebody please let your correspondents at the UKIP conference know it is UKIP or even U.K.I.P. but not Ukip they are initials not a word. It has been repeated in a multitude of articles and makes you look like fools.

  2. @ John Bloomfield

    It isn’t MM who are the fools it is ukip (and I won’t flatter then with even one capital).

    I just wonder who can sack Farrage?

    I don’t know why they don’t just amalgamate with the national front or whatever they now call themselves. Even Farrage has been outed as a Nazi. (Last night’s news item and interviews will his old teachers).

  3. It’s not just this reference, and his previously expressed views on overseas aid (the ‘bongo bongo’ contribution to sensible political debate).
    “A few weeks after being appointed to the European Parliament’s Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality on 20 July 2004, Bloom told an interview that, “no self-respecting small businessman with a brain in the right place would ever employ a lady of child-bearing age.” Around the same time, he said that “I just don’t think [women] clean behind the fridge enough” and that “I am here to represent Yorkshire women who always have dinner on the table when you get home.”
    It’s good to know he’s stayed true to his concerns about the nations fridges though …

  4. As far as the editor’s note about house style goes, and ignoring the strict grammatical correctness (or otherwise) of that style, it is either more nuanced than he suggests, or is being observed mainly in the breach. For example in the article “Thinktank urges Ukip to tackle financial regulation” we have Ukip four times (including the headline), but we also have FCA (four times), IEA, RDR and UK. Similarly in the article “Ukip attacks ‘immoral’ FOS over lack of financial qualifications” we have Ukip three times (including the headline), but we also have MEP (twice), FOS (seven times) and QCF. I believe that Ukip is the only acronym in either story that is not all capitalised.

    Now these may all be entirely in keeping with the various rules of house style, but they do conspire to make the stories look shoddily written, rather than the result of some house style.

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