Helmer dismisses claim he 'encouraged homophobia'

Ukip's newly-selected candidate for the Newark by-election Roger Helmer has dismissed suggestions he's encouraged homophobia in the past.

Ukip's newly-selected candidate for the Newark by-election Roger Helmer. Credit: www.rogerhelmermep.co.uk

Mr Helmer, currently an MEP, blamed the media for dragging up what he called a "couple of peripheral comments that were made more than ten years ago".

Asked if he stood by his comments that some people found homosexuality distasteful, he said: "Some people dislike it and this is a fact. Some people do all sorts of things, that doesn't mean I commend them."

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Ukip candidate dismisses homophobia claim

UKIP's newly-selected candidate for the Newark by-election Roger Helmer has dismissed suggestions he's encouraged homophobia in the past.