September 25th, 2016

UKIP councillor suspended over homophobic comments

Updated: 10:12 am, May 07, 2015

A UKIP councillor has been suspended from the party just four days after being elected for posting homophobic and racist comments online.

Dave Small won the Church Hill seat for the party on Redditch Borough Council on Friday (May 23) but minutes later it merged postings had been made on his Facebook page containing a series of derogatory and offensive terms, including one on June 3 last year in which musician Sir Elton John and sports presenter Clare Balding OBE are branded perverts.

“I refuse to call them gays, as what has gay to do with Perverts like Elton John and Clair [sic] Balding who get their jollies in such disgusting ways. to sum up, they should not allowed to be married, they should go back to the closet,” it said.

A previous post in February last year also states the best place for gay people is in the closet.

Another note on the wall under the headline ‘Muslims and the threat they pose to our way of life’ states: “Fact, we had most eradicated T.B from this country, then with the migration for Muslim country’s its near epidemic proportions. But mustn’t say anything, it might be considered racist.”

A spokesman for UKIP said: “Dave Small has been suspended with immediate effect pending a disciplinary hearing to determine the final outcome.”

The spokesman said they did not know when the disciplinary hearing would be held.

If, as expected, Mr Small is booted out of the party it is not clear if he will be allowed to continue to sit as an independent councillor.

When the Standard pointed out the postings to Len Harris, acting chairman of the Redditch branch of UKIP, he said: “We as a party will not tolerate that kind of language and disciplinary action will be taken.”

The Standard has been unable to contact Mr Small for comment.

It is not the first time the issue of homosexuality has caused problems for UKIP. A month ago Martin Jenkins resigned from the party and quit his seat Arrow Valley East seat on Worcestershire County Council in protest at UKIP’s stance on gay marriage.

Labour councillor Joe Baker, who represents Church Hill on Worcestershire County Council and is openly gay, said: “I don’t think the word pervert and gay goes in the same kind of content in the dictionary.

“He should resign for making comments like gay people are perverts.

“We’ve all go to show each other respect no matter what gender, sexuality or race.”

UKIP councillor Stuart Cross, who represents Redditch South on Worcestershire County Council, added: “If he has said that, then it is utterly disgraceful and he needs to immediately resign. There is no place for people like that either with UKIP or as a councillor.”