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UKIP picks anti-LGBT candidate who claimed gays were ‘abused as children’ to run in Lewisham East

The UK Independence Party has picked a controversial politician with a history of anti-LGBT statements to run in the Lewisham East by-election.

The pro-Brexit party, which is struggling for survival in the wake of a wipe-out in this month’s local elections, today announced it had picked David Kurten to stand in the Labour stronghold in the June 14 election.

Kurten is a controversial choice for the seat vacated by LGBT ally Heidi Alexander, given his views on homosexuality.

UKIP’s David Kurten (Matt Cardy/Getty)

In September 2017 PinkNews revealed that Kurten, who is also a member of the London Assembly, had made comments linking homosexuality to childhood sexual abuse.

Asked if he believes sexual orientation is “fixed at birth” in an online Q&A with UKIP website ‘Support 4 the Family’, Mr Kurten suggested that homosexuality is often the result of childhood sexual abuse.

He said: “The latest scientific studies show that incidence of homosexuality in adults decreases with age, so it is unlikely to be fixed at birth.

“Study after study also shows that the incidence of homosexuality is much higher among people who have been sexually abused as children. This is an issue which needs to be addressed but is not because of political correctness.”

Kurten later claimed the PinkNews report was “in my opinion a hatchet job designed to cast me in the worst light possible for the consumption of the liberal metropolitan elite.”

He said:  “My personal opinion is that marriage is between a man and a woman. This is the definition of marriage in the vast majority of countries, and my personal opinion is that the millennia old definition of marriage we had in Britain should not have been changed in 2013.

“This is an issue of conscience, but in the event that there were a free vote on it, I would vote to restore traditional marriage.”

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