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MEP has party whip removed after calling women 'sluts'
6:02pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
AN MEP who apologised after stating Britain should not send aid to "bongo bongo land" will have his party whip removed after calling a room full of women “sluts”.
Godfrey Bloom, who has served as a Yorkshire MEP for nine years, used the word to describe a group of women attending a fringe event at the UK Independence Party conference.
North Yorkshire-based Mr Bloom's comments overshadowed the keynote speech by UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who said the 63-year-old former Army officer had “destroyed” the party’s conference.
UKIP chairman Steve Crowther confirmed Mr Bloom would be suspended from involvement in the party business and that the party would removed its whip from Mr Bloom, who will be able to continue working as an MEP.
.Mr Bloom had appearing on a panel with three female UKIP activists at the Women In Politics event when several women made reference to controversial comments he made about women’s issues after first being elected.
In 2004, Mr Bloom said: “I just don't think they [women] clean behind the fridge enough.
"I am here to represent Yorkshire women who always have dinner on the table when you get home.
'No self-respecting small businessman with a brain in the right place would ever employ a lady of child-bearing age.”
After a woman told the event in London that she had never cleaned behind her fridge, Mr Bloom replied: “This place is full of sluts.”
When later questioned about the comment, the Mr Bloom said it had been a joke and that it had caused all the female members of the audience to laugh.
Mr Farage, said: "Increasingly over past months his [Mr Bloom's] statements have left us in a position where, frankly, what we stand for and what we campaign for are irrelevant.
“We cannot have any one individual, however fun or flamboyant or entertaining or amusing they are, destroying UKIP's national conference and that is what he's done today.
"He is a clever bloke and he has some great virtues, but he has this mess officer from the 1960s sense of humour."
"There comes a point where people cross too far over a line."
Last month, Mr Bloom said he regretted the offence caused after stating British foreign aid should not be given to "bongo-bongo land".
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