Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ukip Candidate Suspended ; Party Leader Condemns Council Hopeful Who Posted Offensive Tweets - but He Could Still Stand as Independent.

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ukip Candidate Suspended ; Party Leader Condemns Council Hopeful Who Posted Offensive Tweets - but He Could Still Stand as Independent.

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aUKIP candidate has been suspended from the party after the M.E.N. exposed a torrent of 'dangerous and divisive' anti-Islamic and homophobic rants he had posted on Twitter.

Harry Perry, who was due to stand for the party in the Offerton ward in Stockport, called Muslims 'devil's kids' and described homosexuality as an 'abomination before God'.

Retired Mr Perry, from Hazel Grove, also sent a Facebook message to Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Hazel Grove Lisa Smart declaring: 'God hates homosexuality.' A UKIP spokesman con-firmed he had been suspended but his name will still appear on the ballot paper as a candidate for the party in the May 22 local elections.

If elected, he would become an independent councillor, the Electoral Commission said.

Ms Smart, who said she was disgusted to receive his 'dangerous and divisive' messages, has welcomed his suspension.

She said: "I'm surprised he got through the vetting process when a simple look at his Twitter feed would have revealed some of the views that he holds. …

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