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Yorkshire MEP wins ‘Foot in Mouth’ award for gaffes

Godfrey Bloom, Independent Member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire and the Humber.

Godfrey Bloom, Independent Member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire and the Humber.

Yorkshire MEP Godrey Bloom has been named the winner of the Plain English Campaign’s foot-in-mouth award.

The controversial former UKIP politician – now an Independent MEP for Yorkshire and Humber – was given the award in a year in which he called women ‘sluts’ at a meeting and referred to ‘Bongo Bongo Land’ when discussing overseas aid.

Mr Bloom was one of a number of public figures – including royalty and a footballer – highlighted for their use of the language.

A campaign spokesman said: “Bloom was an overwhelming choice for the foot-in-mouth award and, to be fair to him, could easily have won this award on at least two other occasions.

“He is a wince-inducing gaffe machine and we could fill a page or two with his ill-advised quotes from 2013 alone.”

However, as well as those criticised for their use of language, the awards also celebrated those with a flair for language, with the Prince of Wales being commended for his outspoken views on pensions.

Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville, now a television pundit, was named best plain English communicator.

 

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