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04/12/2013 04:38 GMT | Updated 04/12/2013 04:49 GMT

Godfrey Bloom Wins 'Foot In Mouth' Award For 'Wince-Inducing' Gaffes

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20:  Godfrey Bloom MEP sits in the audience before addressing delegates during the UKIP annual conference on September 20, 2013 in London, England. Members of the United kingdom Independent Party have gathered at Central Hall, Westminster, for their annual conference. Party Leader Nigel Farage  in his keynote speach earlier said, that the party will come first in next year's European elections, saying it is 'growing up' after success in local elections.  (Photo by Chr
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LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Godfrey Bloom MEP sits in the audience before addressing delegates during the UKIP annual conference on September 20, 2013 in London, England. Members of the United kingdom Independent Party have gathered at Central Hall, Westminster, for their annual conference. Party Leader Nigel Farage in his keynote speach earlier said, that the party will come first in next year's European elections, saying it is 'growing up' after success in local elections. (Photo by Chr

Godfrey Bloom's unique way with words has landed him with the Plain English Campaign's "Foot in Mouth" award 2013.

The former Ukip business spokesman's award caps off a gaffe-filled year, after he was stripped of the Ukip party whip for calling a roomful of women "sluts" and hitting Channel 4 News journalist Michael Crick over the head with a conference brochure.

Bloom also got into hot water for referring to "Bongo Bongo Land" in a speech about international aid.

A Plain English 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."

In response to the news, Bloom told the Huffington Post UK: "I am absolutely thrilled although I think the panel meant to give me the award for plain speaking. No matter, I look forward to the ceremony."