Godfrey Bloom has resigned as a UKIP MEP after he had the party whip suspended for calling women “sluts”.
Mr Bloom, an MEP for Yorkshire and Humber, was stripped of the party whip last week following offensive remarks he made about women at a party event and an altercation with a TV journalist.
He will sit as an independent MEP for the rest of his term, and will remain a member of UKIP.
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 Dennis ‘The beast of Bolsover’ Skinner.
“I shall sit out my term as an independent and give my wholehearted 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.”
His spokeswoman said it was not clear whether he would seek re-election for a third term next May.
Mr Bloom had the whip withdrawn after calling women at a conference fringe event “sluts” and hitting a TV journalist with a copy of the brochure for the gathering in Westminster.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage said Mr Bloom’s antics had distracted attention from the party’s core message, but stressed the party could still make serious inroads at Westminster in 2015 and potentially hold the balance of power after the election.
Mr Bloom insisted the “sluts” remark was a joke, but Mr Farage said the MEP had “just gone way over the line”.
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