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.
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.