UKIP expels councillor over undisclosed ‘jaw-dropping’ comments
A UKIP councillor in Thanet has been expelled from the party, after making undisclosed comments in an interview, thought to be derogatory.
Councillor Rozanne Duncan sat for the party on Thanet District Council in Kent – where Nigel Farage plans to stand for Parliament next year, in South Thanet.
However, Ms Duncan – who was Deputy Leader of the UKIP Group on the council – was expelled by UKIP officials today after making controversial remarks in an interview, which has not yet been broadcast.
A source told KentOnline that the comments were “jaw-dropping” – and that she has now been cast out for bringing the party into disrepute.
A party spokesperson said: “UKIP is expelling Cllr Rozanne Duncan under rule 15 of its constitution for bringing the party into disrepute. She has 28 days to appeal.”
It comes on the back of multiple scandals within the party about homophobic and racist comments.
Paul Rimmer, a former UKIP candidate, claimed this week that Liverpool FC is cursed by God because the club attended this year’s Liverpool Pride.
He said on Facebook: “From the Bible, Sodomy defiles a Nation. Those who promote it will be punished & vomited out of the Land. In 2012 Liverpool FC sponsored the City’s Gay Pride Parade. Unless they repent they will be under a continual curse.”
UKIP candidate Kerry Smith stepped down this week, after the Mail on Sunday reported leaked phone calls in which he referred to gay people as “poofters” and joked about the party’s LGBT membership group.