Saturday, 05 December 2020

Suspended UKIP councillor to stay on

A HENLEY town councillor has refused to resign or apologise after blaming the recent floods on the legalisation of gay marriage.

David Silvester, 73, has been widely condemned for calling the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act “contrary to the gospel”.

The Henley Standard, which published the letter expressing his views, has received many letters in response and a small protest was held outside the town hall on Saturday.

An online petition calling for his resignation has collected more than 12,000 signatures.

Cllr Silvester, a Baptist who is married with children, has also been criticised in national newspapers and on radio and television.

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