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Being gay is a "spiritual disease" says UKIP councillor

A Ukip councillor who blamed the Christmas floods on the passing of gay marriage laws, has been suspended by the Party.

David Silvester from Henley-on-Thames expressed further views today, saying being gay was a "spiritual disease" which could be cured.

Mr Silvester said he had warned the Prime Minister of "repercussions" if gay marriage had gone ahead, and his daily prayers convinced him the recent flooding was the consequence.

A UKIP spokesperson said he'd been suspended for ignoring their advice not to speak to the media.

Launch of Henley Literary Festival

Former MP Ann Widdecombe will attend the Henley Literary Festival

The sixth annual Henley Literary Festival gets underway later today. Hundreds of people are expected to attend the event to listen to award winning novelists, politicians and journalists in a line up that includes Ann Widdecombe and Dame Stella Rimington. The festival runs until October 6.

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Fun on the water for hundreds at regatta in Henley

by Richard Jones

Children and adults with disabilities have been given their chance to get out on the water at the fourth annual Henley Regatta for the Disabled in Henley. The event also featured a race - involving dragon boats.

The interviewees in Richard Jones' report are: Lucy Walton from Team Holt: Emma Walton, Team Captain; and Peter Face, a visitor; Ian Tritton, Chairman - Regatta for the Disabled.

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