Exclusive: UKIP’s new Families and Children spokesman has claimed gay parenting ‘damages’ children

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UKIP has appointed a controversial activist, who claims same-sex parents “damage” children and describes LGBT-inclusive education as “child abuse”, to serve as the party’s Spokesman on Children and Families.

Alan Craig was appointed this week to serve as Families and Children spokesman for the troubled UK Independence Party, which is believed to be close to financial collapse following an exodus of members and donors.

Interim party leader Gerard Batten, who replaced Henry Bolton as leader following a racism scandal, today gave the senior role to Mr Craig, who has a long history of extreme views on LGBT rights and has strongly criticised gay parenting in the past.

In a post on his ‘Alan’s Angle’ blog in 2016, Mr Craig wrote: “Following Brexit… I’d like to see the gay marriage debate reopened.

“There is now credible peer-reviewed evidence that same-sex parenting is damaging to children compared with that of still-married heterosexual biological parents.

“There is credible evidence too that sexuality is fluid, orientation is not fixed from birth and therefore people are not necessarily ‘born gay’ – the claim that was the central plank of gay marriage campaigners’ platform.”

Mr Craig added: “In the light of this and for the sake of our children, I personally reckon we should resurrect the gay marriage debate and consider repealing the same sex marriage Act.”

He is a strong opponent of children being taught about LGBT issues, claiming it is “tantamount to child abuse”.

Craig added: “Recently we have seen that drag queens are now being invited into nurseries to give transgender lessons to toddlers. And a government-funded LGBT organisation is avidly promoting colourful cartoon books for nurseries that provoke three year olds to question their gender.”

He has also claimed that “transgenderism” is a “delusion”.

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