Councillor who called Pride marchers ‘paedophiles’ quits Labour Party

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A councillor who was suspended from the Labour Party for calling Pride marchers ‘paedophiles’ has resigned from the party.

Cllr Chika Amadi had been a Labour councillor on Harrow Council since 2014, and is also an evangelical pastor.

PinkNews revealed last week that Cllr Amadi has posted anti-LGBT messages without challenge for many years.

Chika Amadi

In posts on Twitter she liked Pride marchers to paedophiles, before threatening people who complained about her remarks.

The Labour Party suspended Amadi’s party membership over the remarks.

However, the councillor has now quit the party and resigned the Labour whip altogether, and is listed as sitting on the council as an Independent.

She tweeted: “No longer a Labour Councillor.No longer suspended. But still serving my community – free from the exclusive club – Labour.”

Amadi added: “Having reflected over some of my responses to d abuses, & insults I received dis week I admit that some of them were awfully worded

“I apologise if they made you feel awful however,we must all respect everyone’s freedom of thought and expression.

“Of course my tweets were misconstrued and my emphasis remains we must protect children from nudity, forced labour & forced Marriage”

In her posts, Amadi had shared a story from anti-LGBT Christian website LifeSiteNews. The story uses a misleading viral photo from seven years ago to claim that Pride parade marchers are ‘traumatising’ little girls with nudity.

Cllr Amadi wrote: “Nothing but paedophilia being labelled liberalism adults polluting children with their senselessness.”

The comments were challenged by LGBT campaigners, but she responded: “Evil. If you dare walk naked in front of my child God will give you terrible assignment that will put you to perpetual sleep. Be warned.”

She added: “Keep off my tweets you are breaching my privacy.”

The councillor insisted: “You did not vote me in and You cannot remove me. Keep your mouth where your money is. Keep busy and stop nosing around.”

She was suspended by the Labour Party within hours of PinkNews’ report.

Her homophobic comments date back many years.

On her public Facebook page, Cllr Amadi posted: “Recently one respectable man in my constituency questioned me on my faith especially on homosexuality (…) I warned him not to try me next time.

“Anyone who wants to bring me down from my political career because of my faith and stand on the word of God will encounter the burning anger of the God that I serve.”

When an associate claimed that “Vultures will eat their flesh”, she added: “Amen. Thank you for standing with me and others in that circumstance.”

Another Facebook friend added: “All they know is homosexuality there is nothing else in life apart from that smh”. Cllr Amadi responded with five laughing emojis.

Anti-LGBT posts on her Facebook profile date back many years. In 2013, she shared a post rejecting calls to legalise homosexuality in Gambia, which says: “Homosexuality is anti-humanity. I have never seen homosexual chicken or turkey. If you are convicted of homosexuality in this country, there will be no mercy for offenders. We will put you in the female wing of the prison.”

In 2010 she tweeted: “Are people born gay or is it a choice?”

Her comments were condemned by Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.