A UKIP MEP has this morning (April 1) called for the European Parliament to legislate for the immediate renaming of German measles to European measles.

Speaking in Brussels, James Carver, who is a West Midlands MEP and standing in the General Election in Stourbridge, said: "It is about time we stopped blaming the Germans for everything.

"In the spirit of EU cooperation, I am calling on the European Parliament to legislate to rename this illness as European Measles."

He added: "The EU has been taking us for fools for far too long."

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