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Brexit Party founder complains that it isn’t right-wing enough because of gay and trans candidates

Nick Duffy October 9, 2019
Catherine Blaiklock, leader of the Brexit Party, watches the Fishing For Leave flotilla on March 15, 2019

Catherine Blaiklock, leader of the Brexit Party, watches the Fishing For Leave flotilla on March 15, 2019 (Christopher Furlong/Getty)

The founder of the Brexit Party has attacked the party for selecting transgender people as candidates.

Catherine Blaiklock, UKIP’s former Economics Spokesman, founded the political party alongside Nigel Farage in November 2018.

However, writing for far-right website Politicalite, Blaiklock complained that “left-wing Marxists seem to now be running the show” after the party’s embrace of LGBT candidates.

Brexit Party founder Catherine Blaiklock is upset about LGBT candidates

She said: “Brexit party candidates are chosen for their identity – one white, one black, one brown, one Muslim, one Jewish, one transgender, one gay, one lesbian etc.

“Diversity is the big word. This started with the MEP elections where someone brown would be put ahead of a stale, male and pale RAF wing commander with experience. It has continued with force.

“The general public does not know that this is happening. The Brexit Party now has at its core, people who are to the left of the Conservative Party.”

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage (Luke Dray/Getty)

Blaiklock has previously hit out at brands for embracing Pride, complaining on Twitter: “It’s not that people are anti-gay but they are fed up with it being shoved down their throats all day long. People don’t go to Sainsbury’s to be fed gay political propaganda.

“They go to a supermarket to buy milk and toilet rolls.”

She fumed: “It’s being pushed down everyone’s throats. Gay Sainsbury’s, gay Red Arrows, gay coffee adverts.”

Brexit Party has two transgender candidates

Although several of the party’s MEPs hold anti-LGBT views, it also has LGBT candidates.

Transgender hairdressing teacher Rachel Warby is the party’s candidate in South Northamptonshire, while Jessica Swift is standing in Grantham and Stamford.

Warby told previously the Northampton Chronicle that the Brexit Party is “more diverse” and “inclusive” than people think.

“I consider myself to have been transgender all my life, I had the operation in 1992 so I’ve spent 27 years of my life as me,” she said.

“So for me, it’s quite ordinary and normal, but it gives an interesting perspective on politics as it’s quite on-trend and a big thing for my party to be seen as inclusive.”

Warby said that it was teaching hairdressing that introduced her to “obsessive” EU regulations.

“We all have a duty in society, and a responsibility to help each other through difficult periods in our lives,” she said.

“I believe we are all guardians of democracy and we have a duty to preserve this, it is fundamentally what holds us all together, without it we lose what it is that creates our freedom, liberty and effective civil society.”

More: Brexit Party, Catherine Blaiklock, Nigel Farage

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