UKIP Health spokesperson: People with HIV shouldn’t be banned from UK
UKIP’s health spokesperson has contradicted her party leader’s claim that migrants with HIV should be banned from the UK.
He said: “People who do not have HIV, to be frank. That’s a good start. And people with a skill.”
However, the party leader – who later defended his comments – has been contradicted by his own senior team.
MEP Louise Bours – who is the party’s official spokesperson for Health – told the Independent she did not agree.
She said: “I’ve looked at Australia’s minimum health standard [for migration]… they exclude people with long-term medical conditions and I think you have to look at those kind of things.
“HIV is rather a bad example though, to be honest. HIV is managed now, isn’t it.
“As somebody with personal experience, through very dear friends, HIV is a bad example. I know perfectly helpful, fabulous folk… I think it was an unfortunate example that he used.”
In the same interview, she admitted: “I like people to be straight with me, I don’t like all this… shenanigans in the background, I’d rather people be honest and up-front and I always try to answer things very honestly.
“So, honestly, I have no experience in health whatsoever.”
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