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Right-wing MEP accused of ‘bullying’ LGBT group

Right-wing MEP accused of ‘bullying’ LGBT group

A right-wing politician accused of homophobia has been branded a 'bully' after challenging how a European gay rights group is funded.

Godfrey Bloom, UK Independence Party MEP, has asked the European Commission to justify the grants given to the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA-Europe), the main European organisation working in favour of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The European Parliament's Intergroup on LGBT Rights has slammed the MEP, who was disciplined for making a Nazi jibe at German politician Martin Schulz in 2010, for questioning the legitimacy of its work to fight for equality.

Lesbian MEP Nikki Sinclaire has accused Bloom of abusively calling her 'queer' and Ulrike Lunacek MEP, co-president of the LGBT Intergroup, says the UKIP member is a 'role model for bullies'.

She said: 'After bullying a female colleague for being openly lesbian, and making Nazi remarks towards Martin Schulz, who is now the President of the European Parliament, Mr Bloom starts harassing LGBT organisations.'

In one question, Bloom asks the Commission if it is aware of the origins of ILGA-Europe’s funding, a chunk of which comes from wealthy donors.

He asks: 'How does the Commission view the influence that wealthy individuals may exert over the NGOs they are subsidising?

'Is there a risk that persons such as George Soros could "buy" themselves one or more NGOs that are economically dependent on their donations?'

LGBT Intergroup co-president, Michael Cashman MEP, said Bloom's attempt to undermine European funding is unworthy of exposure.

'He should focus on the substantial question, which is equality and non-discrimination,' the Labour politician said.

'But I don’t expect this from a colleague who believes women’s rights are a waste of time. Thankfully, he doesn’t represent the majority of decent British people.'

Gay Star News has contacted Godfrey Bloom for a comment.

The European Commission will answer Mr Bloom’s questions in the coming weeks.