A man who claimed a gay donkey tried to rape his horse is running for UKIP leader.
John Rees-Evans, who ran as the UKIP candidate for Cardiff South and Penarth in the 2015 general election and came in third, is hoping to be elected as the leader to the UK Independence Party.
A Wales-based politician, who used to be in the army, is best known for a story he told protestors outside his office in 2014.
He had been asked to respond to a comment by a fellow party member – Julia Gasper – claiming ‘some homosexuals prefer sex with animals’.
‘Actually, I’ve witnessed that. Yes!’ Rees-Evans said. ‘I was personally quite amazed. I’ve got a horse and it was there in the field. My horse is a stallion, right. And a donkey came up, which was male, and I’m afraid tried to rape my horse . . .
‘So in this case, it’s obviously correct because the homosexual donkey tried it with an animal. But I don’t think that’s what it meant, it’s just a bizarre coincidence.’
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And since making his bid, Rees-Evans has had to take back his controversial claim.
Speaking on the BBC’s Daily Politics, he said: ‘It was a bit of playful banter with a mischievous activist, OK?
‘I concede it was a mistake to be playful with an activist in the street. The point is I’m not a politician. The guy was just asking me questions in the street. It was an error of judgement.
‘I was very early coming into politics and I’m sorry if I offended anyone by doing that but please can we move on?’
UKIP, one of the only British political parties that is opposed to same-sex marriage, is looking for a new leader after Diane James stepped down after 18 days. Nigel Farage, a leader in the Brexit movement, was previously the party’s main leader since 2006.