Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

'Slut' joke Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom takes a whipping

A UK Independence Party (Ukip) MEP who branded a room full of women "sluts" has had the party whip withdrawn.

The party's chairman took the step after Godfrey Bloom's comments overshadowed the Ukip conference in Westminster.

Mr Bloom insisted the remark was a joke but party leader Nigel Farage said the MEP, who is no stranger to controversy, had "gone beyond the Pale" this time. Ukip chairman Steve Crowther said: "I have withdrawn the whip from Godfrey Bloom, pending a formal disciplinary hearing."

Mr Farage said Mr Bloom's behaviour had been "selfish" and was overshadowing "all the good things" at the conference.

"Godfrey is not even anti-women – but has a sort-of rather old-fashioned sense of humour which doesn't translate well in modern Britain," he said.

Mr Bloom told Sky News: "I made a joke and said 'oh well, you're all sluts' and everybody laughed including all the women."

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