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UKIP's Farage: 'Sluts' Remark A Distraction
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has admitted MEP Godfrey Bloom's description of women as "sluts" has distracted from his party conference's key messages.
Mr Bloom's had the party whip removed amid a storm of controversy over comments he made at a fringe event in London designed to promote the advancement of women in politics.
The MEP, who previously claimed taxpayers' money was being wasted on aid sent to "Bongo Bongo Land", attracted fresh publicity when he hit a TV reporter over the head with a UKIP brochure while being questioned about his latest remarks.
It had been suggested Mr Bloom could be kicked out of the party, but Nigel Farage told Sky News that voters appreciated politicians' candour.
"In the main, most UKIP voters like the fact that we are plain spoken, not afraid to say things that other people through political correctness are scared to talk about," he said.
"So our voters like that, but there is a line beyond which we can't go if we start being offensive to people.
"I don't think that people will say that because of the behaviour of one man on one day at a conference, they're not going to vote UKIP.
"But what it did do was distract from our main messages. I do not want to be a party of control freaks, where everyone's hemmed in ... but we have to have some limits."
Mr Bloom faced calls for his resignation over his comments. After two female UKIP members joked they did not clean behind the fridge, Mr Bloom admits he quipped: "This place is full of sluts."