DAVID SILVESTER was expelled from the UK Independence Party today.
It follows comments made by the Henley town councillor in which he blamed the recent storms and floods on the legalisation of gay marriage.
The 73-year-old, of Luker Avenue, Henley, was widely condemned and a petition demanding his resignation collected more than 24,000 signatures.
Councillor Silvester, a former Conservative, has refused to apologise or resign and will now serve as an independent.
He was suspended by UKIP following his comments and party leader Nigel Farage vowed to cleanse the party of candidates with extremist views.
A UKIP spokeswoman said today: “Because he was an elected official representing UKIP, we take the view that his expression of views was unacceptable and in order to distance UKIP from those views permanently and irrevocably, we have no choice but to expel Mr Silvester.”
Meanwhile, Henley Town Council is to hold an extraordinary meeting this evening to discuss Cllr Silvester’s views and there will be an opportunity for the public to speak. The meeting at the town hall will begin at 7pm.
The council has no power to take action against him.
Cllr Silvester, a Baptist who is married with children, resigned from the Tories last year over the issue of same-sex marriage laws and wrote a protest letter to Prime Minister David Cameron.
He refused to comment today.