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UKIP MEP suspended from chamber after 'Nazi' jibe

The European Parliament voted to eject UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom following comments he made against German social democrat Martin Schultz.

His comments on 24 November 2010 that Mr Schultz was an "undemocratic fascist" during a debate on the European Council summit earlier in the day had led to a rebuke from President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek.

Later in the day, during a rowdy series of points of order, he was asked to apologise by Vice-President Edward MacMillan-Scott.

However Mr Bloom refused to apologise and refused to leave the chamber, despite a vote by MEPs to remove him.

Mr MacMillan-Scott suspended the sitting, whilst he was escorted out by the parliament's ushers.

Supporters of Mr Bloom said he was being unfairly treated, claiming that similar comments by Mr Schultz had gone unpunished, a claim denied by the Vice-President.

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