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UKIP candidate sparks gay anger
Frank Maloney
Maloney says he doesn't expect gays to vote for him
Gay Conservatives have called on the UK Independence Party to sack their London mayoral candidate over his "homophobic" comments.

Frank Maloney said he would not be campaigning in the borough of Camden because there are "too many gays".

His claims prompted the Gay Tories to brand him a "dangerous extremist" who "should resign or be sacked".

But Mr Maloney defended his remarks: "I don't want to campaign around gays...I don't think they do a lot for society."

Holding hands

The row blew up after the boxing promoter gave an interview to the Hampstead & Highgate Express in which he made a number of remarks about the gay community.

He said while he did not have a problem with a lot of parades in London, "there is a problem with gay parades".

UKIP must back or sack their homophobic candidate
James Davenport
Gay Conservatives

"I object to seeing policemen in uniform holding hands in public - it's not a family way of life and we should support the family more.

"If a policeman and a policewoman in uniform were walking along holding hands in public they'd be pulled up.

"I'm not homophobic, but in public let's live a proper moral life - I think that's important."

'Staying put'

He also told the paper he will not campaign in the London borough of Camden because there are "too many gays".

Mr Maloney claimed later that he had intended some of his remarks to be "off the record", although he published the article in full on his own website.

But they prompted anger from the Gay Conservatives who demanded that he step down as UKIP's mayoral candidate.

If you are homosexual, you are homosexual - just get on with your life and stop bitching about things
Frank Maloney

"Frank Maloney is a dangerous extremist and should resign or be sacked as UKIP's candidate for London mayor," said chairman James Davenport.

"UKIP must back or sack their homophobic candidate.

"It is becoming ever more clear that the only candidate for London mayor who will deliver for the gay community is Steve Norris - a long standing vice president of Gay Conservatives."

But Mr Maloney told BBC News Online he had no intention of quitting the race for London mayor.

'Family values'

"What's it got to do with them? The Gay Conservatives are not going to vote for me anyway," he said.

"I have said I don't want to campaign around gays because I don't think they will vote for me.

"I don't think they do a lot for society. I don't have a problem with gays, what I have a problem with is them openly flaunting their sexuality.

"I will go to Camden. I'm not a career politician - I'm not going to say one thing one day. I said it as an off the record remark.

"I'm more for traditional family values and family life. I'm anti same-sex marriages and I'm anti same-sex families.

"I don't think it's right for children to be brought up that way. I don't think two men can bring up a child.

"If you are homosexual, you are homosexual - just get on with your life and stop bitching about things."

'Support'

Mr Maloney, who helped guide Lennox Lewis to the world heavyweight championship, said he had "some gay friends".

"They don't have a problem with my attitude," he said.

He claimed "the majority of Tories are anti-gay" and many Londoners would agree with his opinions.

"Quite a lot of them would support the views that I have. Everyone wants to support minority groups, but don't support what's real about London."

Mr Maloney said he believed the Tory mayoral candidate Steve Norris should step down because of "a conflict of interests" over his chairmanship of construction firm Jarvis.

"He's more a danger to London than I am," he added.




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