Ukip candidate claims being an ‘a*** bandit’ is ‘nothing to be proud of’ after Gay Pride march
Geoffrey Caton, who’s challenging Labour’s openly-gay Angela Eagle in Merseyside, also said spending a day in a Pakistani club was his ‘worst nightmare’
Anti-gay rant: Geoffrey Caton (left) is standing as a candidate for Nigel Farage’s party
A UKIP election candidate claimed being an “a*** bandit” was nothing to be proud of after a Gay Pride march.
Geoffrey Caton also shared an image suggesting gay marriage was a sin and referred to spending a day working in a Pakistani club as his “worst nightmare”.
But Mr Caton has told the Liverpool Echo he is not racist or homophobic after comments made on his Facebook page emerged.
The Wallasey, Merseyside, General Election candidate today distanced himself from the comments, made in 2013, arguing they were being taken out of context.
Mr Caton is battling against Labour‘s Angela Eagle, who came out as gay in 1997, and said he believed he had removed the comments posted on Facebook in July and August 2013.
One post said: “My worst nightmare, have been working in a Pakistani club from 9am on my way home now in Manchester.”
Christian: Facebook posts taken from the page of Geoffrey Caton
A second statement, written on July 31 2013, said: “Liverpool Pride August 3rd being an a*** bandit nothing to be proud of”.
Today Mr Caton insisted he was now “fully inclusive” and claimed the posts were taken out of context.
Regarding his views about Liverpool Pride, he said he was expressing his concern that similar events are not held for heterosexuals, while, as a Christian, his gay marriage views were shaped by his interpretation of the Bible.
He said: “I believe it tells me in the Bible a man’s purpose is to marry a woman for children to propagate the family.”
He said that was his belief as a Christian but he did not mean to be intolerant.
Now that gay marriage is legal he said he was not opposed to it, but added he could not understand why civil partnership was not open to heterosexual couples.
Strong beliefs: But the UKIP candidate now claims he has moved with the times
Explaining his post about working in a Pakistani club, he said it was the “conditions” that made the experience his “worst nightmare” and that he is not a racist.
Mr Caton claimed he was being targeted because he is standing for UKIP.
He added: “We are living in modern times now, times change I realise that.
“We have to move on with the times, I have now, and since then whatever I said obviously wasn’t right then and it’s not right now and I fully believe in being fully inclusive.”
Mr Caton has since removed the comments from his Facebook page.
A UKIP spokesman said: “The comments were made very early into his UKIP membership and as a result of being in the party he now holds more inclusive views.
Sadly he failed to put the comments about the nightclub into context, having agreed a price and there was then a huge amount of haggling once the job was finished.
“Out of context, it is easy to see how the comments could be misunderstood.
“It is up to the voters of Wallasey to decide his fate at this stage.”
From The Daily Mirror 27.04.15. Report by Joe Thomas