Yorkshire and Humber MEP Godfrey Bloom, will no longer represent UKIP in Europe and will serve the rest of his term as an independent, following his controversial comments at the UKIP party conference.
Mr Bloom provoked a storm of criticism last week when he jokingly described female party activists as “sluts”, prompting UKIP leader Nigel Farage to withdraw the whip from Mr Bloom, saying the remarks had overshadowed the conference.
In a statement on Tuesday, 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 Dennis ‘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.”
This is not the first time Mr Bloom has been accused of making ill judged comments, earlier this year he was forced to issue an apology for describing countries receiving aid from the UK as “Bongo Bongo Land.”
East Yorkshire MP Greg Knight said it was a personal decision for Mr Bloom and would not be making a comment on the matter.