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Nigel Farage challenged over anti-gay comments made by Gloucestershire Ukip candidate

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 18, 2014

  • Ukip leader Nigel Farage

  • John Sullivan

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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.”

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  • P_I_Staker  |  May 23 2014, 3:10PM

    If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck there is a good chance its a duck!

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  • ColinGuyton  |  May 19 2014, 9:34AM

    According to the records of UKIP in the Forest of Dean, John Sullivan has not been a member of UKIP since October 2013. Colin Guyton Secretary UKIP Forest of Dean

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  • P_I_Staker  |  May 19 2014, 8:45AM

    Mike thanks for the reply, so the trigger for the whole thing was the American Sub-prime scandal and the British banks not being responsible, you assertion that this was aided and abetted by the Labour government who increased regulation that your banker boss doesn't like. You are also making yourself look like fools by saying on the one hand it was Labour's fault that there wasn't enough regulation of the financial sector and on the other you want to go back to self regulation that clearly doesn't work. The main thrust of the European part in financial legislation is that any bank or financial institution must be based in the jurisdiction where they carry out the largest part of the business. I would like to make a resolution here - "All bankers should be banned from politics, lobbying and party funding ether by individuals or organizations"

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  • 8589brian  |  May 19 2014, 6:21AM

    I'd rather see UKIP in power than the Tory party but let's be fair the sausage wallets currently in power don't give a monkeys about the electorate.

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  • scruff_top  |  May 18 2014, 11:46PM

    i'll be voting UKIP

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  • honslknjklyt  |  May 18 2014, 10:55PM

    @jas37 thinking that we who vote UKIP will be embarrassed to say we did so in years to come - that is a risk I am very happy to take. Many people have never been so worse off than they are now, despite the extra hours they work (especially small business owners) and of course the rich are getting richer.

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  • RoadWombat  |  May 18 2014, 10:49PM

    Whether UKIP councillors spend council money on flood protection at a local level will largely be up to their constituents. UKIP do not have a whip system for local councillors, who are instructed to respond to the wishes of the electorate rather than blindly follow a party line dictated to them by central office. Thus, if the majority of the electorate wish money to be spent that way, that is what they will strive to do!

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  • jas37  |  May 18 2014, 9:57PM

    Opening sentence should have read "I suspect that many people THAT vote UKIP will be too embarrassed to admit so in a year or two".

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  • jas37  |  May 18 2014, 9:11PM

    I suspect that many people than vote UKIP will be too embarrassed to admit so in a year or two. Many of the Party activists appear blatantly racist and extremist. Unfortunately large numbers of the general public are slow to recognise it and have been sucked in by a Party that tells them what they want to hear. Farage is no-doubt a great performer that feeds on the fears of the crowd, it's as if he's been uplifted from Medieval times. Will UKIP be calling for the return of Witch hunting soon?

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  • Mike_Smith_Gl  |  May 18 2014, 8:37PM

    Peter (respect for using your real name). I am not a UKIP policy maker and some of your questions will be answered when our General Election Manifesto is published. It is undergoing careful research at the moment to ensure all our policies are properly costed. So I cannot give you a simple 'Yes or No' answer. We certainly do not agree with the European Union regulating our banks or financial services. This sector produces a great deal of revenue for the Exchequer to help fund all the public services which we all want. It is vexatious legislation to take business from the City of London. Yes, American Bankers triggered the world wide credit crunch which spilled over into other countries, including ours. But "the mess" was aided and abetted by the Labour Government which spent so much money that we didn't have. As for climate change, we do accept that climate changes all the time. We question whether it is "man-made". And we certainly do not think pathetic wind-farms are the answer, they are inefficient, expensive and damage wild-life and the environment. We oppose EU "green taxes" which add around 20% to our energy bills, and that affects the poorest families and pensioners the worst.

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