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.