UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom has caused fresh outrage, after calling women “sluts” at his own party’s conference.
The outspoken Scarborough representative made his latest outburst at a fringe meeting - ironically designed to promote the advancement of women in politics.
The Yorkshire MEP could now be facing calls to quit his £70,000 a year post, with UKIP chairman Steve Crowther already withdrawing the whip from the veteran politician, suspending him from formal party business but not from his MEP role.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage said that Mr Bloom had “gone beyond the pale”, and Councillor Sam Cross, leader of the UKIP group on Scarborough Council, has demanded the politician say sorry over his latest remarks.
“I think Godfrey Bloom is out of order calling women such a word,” said the Filey representative.
“It’s a word that I wouldn’t use myself, and he should apologise because women make just as good politicians as men.”
Mr Bloom, who is due to launch his charity autobiography today, defended himself following the comments.
He said that it had been a joke and that members of the audience, including women, had laughed.
The controversial remark came when the Yorkshire and Humber MEP made reference to previous comments he had made about women not cleaning behind the fridge.
When some women at the meeting said they’d never cleaned behind their fridges, he said: “This place is full of sluts.”
It’s not the first time the polarising MEP has hit the headlines in recent times.
Despite initially appearing unrepentant, the MEP issued an apology after saying Britain should not send foreign aid to “bongo bongo land”.
He was given a dressing down from Nigel Farage, although in an interview with The Scarborough News in the aftermath of his comments, he claimed that the vast majority of the public backed him.
However, some Scarborough residents called him an “embarrassment”, and called for him to step down.