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UKIP councillor expelled from party after gay marriage row

David Silvester blamed storms and flooding on the legalisation of gay marriage Credit: Google Images

A UKIP councillor who blamed storms and flooding on the legalisation of gay marriage has been expelled from the party.

Town councillor David Silvester, from Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, caused uproar when he made his comments in a letter to a local newspaper.

He claimed the country had been 'beset by storms' since the passage of the new law on gay marriage because Prime Minister David Cameron had acted 'arrogantly against the Gospel'.

Mr Silvester was suspended from UKIP following his comments, but today the party confirmed he had been expelled.

Protesters egg home of UKIP councillor who blamed floods on gay marriage

David Silvester blamed the recent bad weather on gay marriage

A UKIP councillor who sparked controversy by blaming recent floods on gay marriage has been targeted by protesters.

Police are investigating an incident where eggs were thrown at the home of David Silvester.

A "rainbow banner" was also attached to the wall of Mr Silvester's house in Henley-on-Thames.

Insp Mark Harling, of Thames Valley Police, told the Henley Standard the incident was "pointless" and that officers were investigating.

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Could UKIP's Farage be about to bid for Parliament?

by Kevin Harrison
Nigel Farage MEP
Nigel Farage MEP, leader of the UK Independence Party Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

ITV News Meridian understands that Nigel Farage MEP, the UKIP leader, is to make a bid to enter Parliament by targeting Thanet South in Kent.

In some ways it makes perfect sense: Farage is a Kent man, represents the region in the European Parliament, and knows Thanet well. After all, he ran there in 2005 when Labour's Steve Ladyman held the seat.

And even better for Mr Farage, the seat's now held by Laura Sandys, just the sort of Tory wet that his party say they so dislike. She's a strong advocate of the green energy and wind power that his party despises, and remarkably pro-European too.

But does it make sense? When Farage stood here in 2005 he came a disappointing fourth place, behind Labour, the Tories, and the LibDems. Has the political landscape changed so much that the same voters who rejected him eight years ago, will now welcome his return?

Mr Farage has said he'll make no formal declaration until after the European Elections are done next May when he should expect to be re-elected to his well paid job in the Brussels Parliament. But after that? Well it's going to be an interesting few months...

UKIP make gains in by-elections

UKIP made the only gain so far in the latest council by-elections in Kent - with two results still to come.

Steve Lindsay won the Crockenhill and Well Hill seat at Sevenoaks District.

The outcome owes more to the very high personal votes of previous councillors Colin and Jenny Dibsdall - rather than a reaction to Labour's conference week.

Mr Dibsdall was originally elected as a Liberal Democrat but was returned unopposed in 2011 as an independent.

Last year Mrs Dibsdall, standing for Labour, won the by-election caused by her husband's death. The latest contest follows her own death.

UKIP will still gain comfort from the result but they fell back slightly at West Sussex County Council's marginal Storrington division.

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UKIP support falls after local elections high says poll

Nigel Farage's party dropped from an 18 percent spike during the election period to 12 percent in the new poll by ICM Research for The Guardian, although it is still three points above its previous highs.

 Leader of UKIP and South East MEP Nigel Farage
Leader of UKIP and South East MEP Nigel Farage Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Labour's popularity has increased by two points to 36 percent, putting it 7 percent higher than the Conservatives, while the Liberal Democrats are level with UKIP.

Read: UKIP make strong showing in council elections

UKIP promises massive political change

Click video. We're on the march. That was the message from UKIP supporters after their South East regional conference. They've had a remarkable few months, surging in the opinion polls and taking seats in the county council elections.

Councillor Ray Finch, who is the UKIP group leader on Hampshire County Council, says his party are regarded as "usurpers" by the other councillors "who don't like it". He spoke to Phil Hornby at his party's regional conference at Frimley Green in Surrey.

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