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Ukip councillor: Being gay is a disease that can be healed

A Ukip councillor who blamed the Christmas and New Year flooding on same-sex marriages has today described being gay as a "spiritual disease" which can be healed.

Henley-on-Thames councillor David Silvester said he had warned David Cameron of "repercussions" if gay marriage went ahead and told BBC Radio Berkshire his daily prayers convinced him the recent flooding was the consequence.

In a radio interview, which followed his initial claims, Mr Silvester said: "I don't have a problem with gay people. I believe as a Christian I should love gay people and indeed, I do. My prayer for them is they will be healed."

He added: "I believe a Christian should long for gay people to be healed and to have normal heterosexual lives. It is nonsense to say it is homophobic. If you love a person enough to want them to be healed and to have a proper family, that is hardly homophobic.

"It is a spiritual disease... it's not what I say, it's what the Bible says."