David Silvester, a UKIP councillor who blamed recent floods on equal marriage, has been expelled from the party.

The news of Mr Silvester’s resignation came today in a BBC Oxford report.

The Henley-on-Thames councillor was originally suspended from UKIP on 19 January. An online petition demanding Mr Silvester’s resignation attracted more than 24,000 signatures.

In a recent statement, Henley-on-Thames Town Council said it “strongly refuted” any suggestion that David Silvester’s views reflected those of the council.

The council had said it would discuss Mr Silvester’s remarks at an extraordinary meeting due for today.

A campaign to get ‘It’s Raining Men’ to the top of the UK singles chart has been launched, following Mr Silvester’s comments.

Earlier last week he refused to apologise, saying he will pray for gay people “to be healed”.