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UKIP might defy ban from Pride in London

Nick Duffy June 6, 2015
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Members of UKIP have reacted with dismay after being banned from marching in Pride in London – and are considering defying the move.

Pride in London had originally defended plans for UKIP LGBT+ to take part in the parade on Saturday 27 June, claiming it would not “discriminate” against them.

However, following a backlash from campaigners including Peter Tatchell, the board reversed its decision, citing “safety” concerns if the group were allowed to march.

Richard Hendron, the former UKIP candidate for Brentford and Isleworth and organiser of the Pride contingent, has said the party may take legal action or defy the ban.

He told PinkNews: “I and other members of UKIP have put a lot of time and effort getting everybody within UKIP on board and then getting the entry and organising our participation.

“It is a massive blow not only to us and UKIP, but to equality and inclusion – something that Pride purports to promote.

“The reasons giving for withdrawing our participation are fanciful and nothing more than puff.

“I am currently considering our legal position and all options remain on the table, including seeking an injunction and or defying them and marching on, marching for equality and inclusion regardless of the consequences.”

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