UKIP candidate Iain McLaughlan, who said it was a “tragedy” that Section 28 was repealed because gays want to destroy traditional families, has come second in a local election.

It was revealed earlier this month that Iain McLaughlan had made the comments on Facebook, lauding Section 28 – which prevented the discussion of homosexuality in schools – while praising Vladimir Putin for banning adoption by foreign gay couples.

English Democrats MEP candidate Julia Gasper offered support to McLaughlan, claiming that the “vile” Pink News was “like a rabid dog” for exposing his comments.

Despite the incident, McLaughlan managed to beat Labour and come second in Peterborough, where he was standing for a seat on the City Council.

He received 780 votes in the Orton Waterville ward – more than double the share of Labour candidate Peter Heinrich, who received 373, or Green candidate Sarah Wilkinson, who received 206.

He was edged out by Tory candidate June Stokes, who received 1169 votes.

McLaughlan already sits as a UKIP member on Orton Waterville Parish Council.

He previously wrote: “Children need to be protected from the promotion of homosexuality, Margaret Thatcher was right to enact Section 28 in 1988. And it was a tragedy that it was repealed.

“I have met people who have decided to be homosexual. They went through a period where they were attracted to the opposite sex and decided to be homosexual.

“I have nothing against homosexuals. I have been called one many a time. I think children should be protected from the promotion of homosexuality.”

He added that Section 28 was introduced because “some Labour councils were promoting [homosexuality]”, and that “the gay manifesto some years ago, I think from 1977, wanted to ‘destroy the heterosexual family’.”

Earlier today, it was reported that newly-elected Redditch UKIP councillor Dave Small is under investigation for referring to gay people as poofs, dykes, and perverts.