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UKIP suspends councillor who blamed ills on gay marriage

2014-01-19 17:11:49

David Silvester
Councillor David Silvester from Henley-on-Thames defected from the Conservatives to the UK Independence Party

UKIP has suspended an Oxfordshire councillor after he blamed recent flooding on the government's decision to legalise gay marriage.

In a letter to his local paper, David Silvester said he had warned David Cameron the legislation would result in "disaster".

He said the prime minister had acted "arrogantly against the Gospel".

Earlier, UKIP said Mr Silvester's views were "not the party's" but defended his right to state his opinions.

But a spokesman has now confirmed he has been suspended.

'Extremist, barmy or nasty'

The councillor had reportedly defied a request not to do interviews about his beliefs following his initial claims.

The move came as party leader Nigel Farage told the Sun on Sunday that "about five" of the 13 MEPs elected for UKIP in 2009 would not stand again.

"Some have been pushed and some have jumped," he explained.

"Politics needs people with personality and backgrounds and they will all have one or two flaws.

"I have my own red lines on this. That is real extremism and nastiness."

UKIP planned to vet all 1,818 candidates to ensure it didn't have "extremist, barmy or nasty" views, the Sun on Sunday reported.

In September, MEP Godfrey Bloom quit the UKIP group in the European parliament after joking that a group of UKIP women who did not clean behind their fridges were "sluts".

He had previously faced criticism for referring to countries receiving government aid as "Bongo Bongo Land".


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