UKIP leader Nigel Farage was left reeling after a car-crash radio interview in which he was challenged over a homophobic comment posted online by one of last year's Gloucestershire County Council candidates.
During an increasingly tense 20-minute live showdown on Thursday, Mr Farage was put on the spot by LBC host James O'Brien after former county council candidate for Newent John Lyndon Sullivan suggested shooting gay men.
He wrote online: “I rather wonder if we shot one "poofter" (GBLT whatevers), whether the next 99 would decide on balance, that they weren't after-all? We might then conclude that it's not a matter of genetics, but rather more a matter of education.”
Mr Farage said Mr Sullivan would be challenged over the remarks but refused to say whether he would be kicked out of the party. The Ukip leader said: "He will face a disciplinary charge."
He added: "People saying silly things, yes, we've had more of it than we would like. But, hey, hang on a second, what's going on in the other parties? Nobody ever does ask them."
Mr Sullivan came second in last year’s county council elections in Newent.
Peter Bungard, Gloucestershire County Council chief executive, said: “Mr Sullivan is not a county council councillor or associated with the county council is any way. I am appalled by his comments.”
It is not the first time that Mr Sullivan has come under fire from comments he has posted online.
In April last year he claimed regular physical exercise in schools can “prevent homosexuality”.
He also applauded Russia for banning gay pride marches in Moscow, saying: “Well done the Russians.”
The comments were made on a Facebook group called “Traditional Britain Group.”