Newly-elected UKIP councillor under investigation for claiming ‘poofs and dykes’ are ‘perverts’

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A UKIP councillor elected on Thursday is already under investigation, for referring to gay people as poofs, dykes, and perverts.

According to the Guardian, Dave Small, who was elected to Redditch Borough Council this week, is under investigation after referring to African immigrants as “scroungers”, and attacking Elton John and Clare Balding for their sexuality.

Small wrote on Facebook: “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.

Ruth Hunt, acting Chief Executive of Stonewall, said UKIP should be “judged by the company they keep”.

She said: “These reprehensible views have no place in modern Britain. We hope the party leadership reviews these comments as a matter of urgency.”

A UKIP spokesperson said: “All UKIP members and councillors are expected to uphold the values of the party.

“Where there are allegations that that has not been the case, there is an established disciplinary procedure, which is under the auspices of the national executive committee. We will certainly look at this case.”

UKIP won 163 seats on local councils in the election, including Small.