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UKIP councillor resigns after allegedly writing racist and homophobic posts online

Dave Small who was elected to Redditch Borough Council during the recent local elections has resigned from the council.

It comes after he was sacked from UKIP for allegedly making racist and homophobic comments online last year.

Dave Small has resigned as councillor Credit: ITV News Central

In a statement the council said:

“We can confirm that today, Dave Small resigned as councillor for the Church Hill ward with immediate effect.

The council will now publish a notice of casual vacancy requiring two local electors to call a by-election. Until that time the council is now made up of 17 Labour, nine Conservative, one UKIP and one Independent councillors.”

UKIP sacks newly elected councillor over racism claims

Dave Small was elected to Redditch Borough Council under a week ago Credit: PA

UKIP has sacked one of its newly elected councillors in Redditch less than a week since the party made sweeping gains in the local elections, over claims the councillor made racist and homophonic comments on the internet.

Dave Small was elected to Redditch Borough Council last Thursday, where he won a seat in the Church Hill ward, topping the poll with 665 votes.

However, allegations emerged over the weekend Mr Small had referred to gay people as "perverts", and expressed opposition to same sex marriage.

He also predicted that "thousands more scroungers" would soon arrive in the UK from Mali as a result of a range of Coalition Government policies.

Tonight an UKIP official said:

"He [Mr Small] has now been expelled for clearly bringing the party into disrepute"

Read:UKIP councillor investigated over alleged racist claims

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UKIP councillor investigated over alleged racist claims

Dave Small who was elected to Redditch Borough Council in Thursday's elections, will now be investigated amid claims he posted racist and homophobic remarks on social media.

Mr Small won his seat in the Church Hill ward, topping the poll with 665 votes.

A Ukip spokesman said: "Dave Small has been suspended with immediate effect, pending a disciplinary hearing to determine the final outcome."

It was reported at the weekend that in February 2013, Mr Small referred to gay people as "perverts" and expressed opposition to gay people being allowed to marry.

It is also alleged that he said that "thousends mor scroungers" would soon arrive in the UK as a result of a range of coalition government policies.

New UKIP councillor suspended over alleged racist and homophobic comments

Dave Small, a UKIP councillor in Redditch, has been "suspended with immediate effect pending a disciplinary hearing to determine the final outcome" according to a UKIP spokesperson.

It comes after he referred to Romanians as 'scroungers' and gay people as 'perverts'.

In the comments posted on Facebook last year Mr Small also attacked the broadcaster Clare Balding and the singer Elton John.

He was elected to Redditch Borough Council last Friday.

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Controversial Ukip MEP Roger Helmer to run in Newark

Ukip have selected East Midlands MEP Roger Helmer to run in the Newark by-election triggered by the recent resignation of Tory MP Patrick Mercer.

Mr Helmer, who defected from the Conservatives in 2012, has come under fire for remarks about homosexuality.

He has said that some people find same-sex relationships "distasteful, if not viscerally repugnant".

UKIP MEP Roger Helmer is to contest the Newark by-election. Credit: www.rogerhelmermep.co.uk

Ukip leader Nigel Farage also rebuked him for writing a blog that appeared to draw comparison between same-sex marriage and incest.

However Mr Helmer has insisted he is "liberal and tolerant" about homosexuality and has "no interest in telling consenting adults what they may or may not do".

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Lenny Henry thanks fans following UKIP race row tweet

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William Henwood, who is standing in a council election, made the comment in response to a speech by the actor and comedian that said ethnic minorities were under-represented on British television.

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Soubry apologises for 'foul-mouthed attack' on Farage

Anna Soubry has apologised after saying Ukip leader Nigel Farage "looks like somebody has put their finger up his bottom".

The defence minister dismissed her comment, made in the closing seconds of BBC One's Andrew Marr Show, as a "light-hearted remark".

Rory Bremner (L) and Peter Mandelson react after defence minister Anna Soubry's comment
Rory Bremner (L) and Peter Mandelson react after defence minister Anna Soubry's comment Credit: BBC/Andrew Marr Show

Comedian Rory Bremner, whose impression of Nigel Farage prompted the comment, asked Ms Soubry: "Are you allowed to say that?"

Mr Farage later said he was "astonished" by the "foul-mouthed attack" and insisted the minister had "stooped to the levels of crudity that any politician would spend a lifetime apologising for".

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