UKIP’s Bloom loses party support over slut remark

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GODFREY BLOOM

 

LONDON (AP) — A British member of the European Parliament has been disowned by his right-wing party after referring to a room of party delegates as “sluts.”

Godfrey Bloom found himself in hot water on Friday at the conference of the United Kingdom Independence Party, or UKIP, when he said “this place is full of sluts” in response to a joke from a delegate about not cleaning behind her fridge.

Bloom insisted he was joking but the comments set off a firestorm — which was later exacerbated when he struck a reporter with a conference brochure and called him racist.

Bloom insisted he was joking, and that “slut” was a way of referring not to promiscuity but untidiness. He later asked a BBC reporter if her mother had ever called her a slut. The reporter laughed — but the comments set off a firestorm, later exacerbated when Bloom struck a reporter with a conference brochure for asking why there were no Black faces on the booklet’s cover and called him a racist.

Party Chairman Steve Crowther said that he’s withdrawn its support from Bloom pending a disciplinary hearing.

Bloom has previously been criticized for saying Britain shouldn’t be sending aid to “Bongo Bongo land,” a derogatory term for African nations.

Party leader Nigel Farage said Bloom had “gone beyond the pale” with his slut comment, adding, “What he ought to have learned is that time and time again he says things that overshadow the whole agenda that UKIP is fighting for.”

Party Chairman Steve Crowther said Bloom accepted his decision to revoke the whip — or withdraw its support — of Bloom pending a disciplinary hearing. He called it “a shame” that the Bloom incidents were conditioning media coverage of the conference.

 

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