UKIP has suspended a councillor in Redditch who previously referred to gay people as “poofs”, “dykes” and “perverts”.

Dave Small, who was elected to Redditch Borough Council’s Church Hill ward last Friday, now faces a disciplinary hearing.

In comments posted on Facebook last year Mr Small attacked Clare Balding and Sir Elton John for their sexual orientation.

Mr Small wrote: “Why on earth is this useless Goverment pandering to Puffs? I refuse to call them gays, as what has gay to do with Perverts like Elton John and Clair Balding [sic] who get their jollies in such disgusting ways. to sum up, they should not allowed to be married, they should go back to the closet.”

He also referred to gay people as “perverts” last February, and said that “poofs and dykes” should not be allowed to marry.

In other posts, he proclaimed “fuck the poofters”, defended his use of the racial slur “p**i”, and predicted the UK would be overwhelmed with “thousends mor scroungers” from Mali.

According to a UKIP spokesperson, Mr Small has been “suspended with immediate effect pending a disciplinary hearing to determine the final outcome”.

Redditch Borough Council said that as the alleged comments were believed to have been made before he became a councillor, it was not seen as a matter for the authority.

Speaking on the BBC’s Sunday Politics show, UKIP MEP James Carver said he had brought the issue up with the party.

He said there would be a “fair and thorough” investigation.