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Bishop who claimed gay parents raise ‘delinquent’ children to speak at UKIP conference

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A former Church of England bishop who has defended gay ‘cure’ therapy is set to speak at UKIP conference this weekend.

The UK Independence Party is getting ready for its party conference which is set to take place in Torquay this weekend.

The conference will be centre stage as the party seeks to elect its sixth leader in 18 months, with hardline candidate Anne Marie Waters and London AM Peter Whittle both in contention, alongside anti-LGBT candidate David Kurten.

But the event will also feature a number of guest speakers, including from a representative of Germany’s far-right party Alternative für Deutschland

It will also feature a speech from former Bishop of Rochester Michael Nazir Ali.

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The bishop, who retired in 2009, is a notorious opponent of LGBT rights.

He has said of gay people: “We welcome homosexuals, but we want them to repent and be changed.”

He has also defended gay ‘cure’ therapy.

In 2012 the bishop signed a letter to back a therapist who was found guilty of professional malpractice last year after offering ‘gay cure’ therapy.

He said of gay cure therapy: “We believe that people who seek, freely, to resolve unwanted same-sex attractions hold the moral right to receive professional assistance.

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