Dr Paul Miller, psychiatrist and part-time adviser to Ulster Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) MP Iris Robinson, has resigned from her employment, reports the Irish News.

Mrs Robinson claimed on BBC Radio Ulster’s Nolan Show in June that homosexuality can be cured.

She cited the work of her adviser, Dr Miller, as an example.

She said: “I have a very lovely psychiatrist who works with me in my offices and his Christian background is that he tries to help homosexuals trying to turn away from what they are engaged in.

“I am happy to put any homosexual in touch with this gentleman and I have met people who have turned around to become heterosexual.”

The DUP has declined to comment on the reasons for Dr Miller’s resignation.

Mrs Robinson caused further uproar in July, when it has emerged that during committee proceedings in the Commons last month, she told MPs:

“There can be no viler act, apart from homosexuality and sodomy, than sexually abusing innocent children.”

When contacted by the Belfast Telegraph, Mrs Robinson reiterated her views and said she was following Scriptures.

“Can you think of anything more vile than man and man or woman and woman and sexually abusing children?” she told the Telegraph.

“What I say I base on biblical pronouncements, based on God’s word. I am amazed that people are surprised when I quote from scriptures. It shows the churches either aren’t preaching God’s word or are watering it down.

“I cannot think of anything more sickening than a child being abused. It is comparable to the act of homosexuality.

“I think they are all comparable. I feel totally repulsed by both.”

The MP has since claimed that she meant to say that child abuse is worse than homosexuality.