Yorkshire MEP Quits UKIP
10:49am 24th September 2013
Controversial UKIP Euro-MP Godfrey Bloom will step down at next year's EU elections.
The - now independent - MEP was disciplined by party bosses after calling a roomful of women "sluts" in what he claimed was a joke last week.
He's thanked supporters for their backing and says he will stay a member of UKIP.
In a statement Mr Bloom said: " I have felt for some time now that the ‘New UKIP’ is not really right for me anymore perhaps than New Labour was right for the Denis ‘The beast of Bolsover Skinner’.
"However our message is clear. Self Government. Our wonderful and loyal membership will win through with their dedication and hard work. It has been a pleasure to work with them for fifteen years.
"May I take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to the thousands of people who have supported me with messages of good will in the recent months and particularly in recent days. There have been simply too many to make a personal response, forgive me.
"I shall sit out my term as an independent and give my whole hearted support to Jane Collins who is almost certainly going to be the next UKIP MEP and probably a second seat yet to be decided. I shall of course retain my membership.
"Onwards and upwards!"
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