The former deputy mayor of London has defected to UKIP.
Richard Barnes, the gay former right-hand man of London Mayor Boris Johnson, announced he was renouncing his Conservative membership to join the Eurosceptic party headed by Nigel Farage.
He has claimed he has made this choice as the Conservatives, Labour and Lib Dems do not ‘speak the language of normal people’.
In the past year alone, UKIP politicians have been revealed to have believed the following:
- Gays are responsibile for flooding in Britain
- PE can stop kids from becoming gay
- If you shot one gay person, 99 others would suddenly choose to become straight
Farage is also against same-sex marriage, making them one of the only mainstream political parties in the UK to be wholly opposed to equal unions for gay couples.
Barnes has denied UKIP is homophobic, saying: ‘I’ll stand my ground against any prat. They are in all the parties. I don’t think they become homophobic the moment they join UKIP.’
Barnes has argued UKIP is the only party with the right anwers on EU and immigration.
‘Our borders are massively porous,’ he told the Standard.
‘It cannot be to take advantage of the NHS [National Health Service] or to exploit the benefits system. At the moment it’s a mess. We don’t count people in, or count them out. That would be a good place to start.’
The politician said he expects to seek elected office for his new party, but probably not in the House of Commons.
He made headlines last year when naked pictures of him were posted on his Facebook. The pictures were removed with Barnes claiming the account was hacked.