UKIP candidate says storms which battered Britain are ‘God’s reply’ to gay marriage law change
Prospective MP Ted Strike asked in a Facebook post whether the storms of 2013 were a response to the ‘un-Godly change in the law on marriage?’
Getty / PA / Evening GazetteUKIP has accused political opponents of ‘trawling Facebook’ to embarrass Strike (left)
A UKIP candidate has been criticised for saying storms which battered Britain are ‘God’s reply’ to the change in the law allowing gay marriage.
The party has accused Ted Strike’s political opponents of “trawling Facebook” to find material that could embarrass him in the run up to the general election, as he made the post in 2013.
Strike, who is due to stand as UKIP candidate in the Stockton South constituency, was forced to take down the post after the party launched an internal investigation.
His post reads: “Britain is being battered by storms yet again, not long after the worst storms in over 100 years, whilst I feel for those affected by these “Acts of God”, is it God’s reply to Cameron’s Coalition Government’s un-Godly change in the law on marriage?”
Evening GazetteStrike: A Labour candidate criticised Strike’s ‘old-fashioned’ views
The post was made in 2013 after the same-sex marriage bill was passed in that July, the Newcastle Chronicle reports.
The first ceremonies were able to take place last year after the law came into force.
UKIP said the party took action and accused political opponents of attempting to find potentially embarrassing by Mr Strike, who has run for the Christian Party in the same constituency in 2010.
Louise Baldock, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Stockton South, said the post showed Mr Strike had “old-fashioned views”.
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She added: “He is expressing out-of-date, out-of-touch and homophobic views.
“These are views from the 19th Century and it isn’t the way a modern parliamentarian who represents a diverse community should be speaking.”
James Wharton, the Conservative MP for Stockton South, said he had found Mr Strike to be a “decent person” but said the UKIP candidate should clarify his comment as soon as possible.
Evening GazettePost: A UKIP spokesman said the post was from a long time ago
“There are many things I disagree with Ted on and this is a clear and unusual example of that,” he said.
“I am not sure why he felt the need to say such a thing but I’ve always found him a decent person when I’ve met him so I hope he is able to clarify his comments and they are not as first appears.”
A UKIP spokesman said the post was from a long time ago.
He said: “After this posting on Christmas Eve 2013, it was investigated internally and the post was taken down.
“It does seem that there are those that spend more time trawling old Facebook posts rather than campaigning for a better Britain, that is a shame.”
The Sunday Sun attempted to contact Mr Strike directly but he did not return our calls or emails.
From The Mirror . Report by Rachel Wearmouth. 15.03.15.