The Conservative & Green parties party have called UKIP Mayoral candidate Frank Maloney “homophobic” after he stated he wouldn’t campaign in Camden Town because there are “too many gays” in the Borough.
James Davenport, chairman of the Gay Conservatives said “Frank Maloney is a dangerous extremist and should resign or be sacked as UKIP’s candidate for London mayor”.
Mr Maloney defended his comments to BBC News Online saying, “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.”
The Green Party candidate Darren Johnson also condemned Maloney’s comments, telling MayorWatch: “Londoners will tolerate neither UKIP’s xenphobia nor Maloney’s homophobia. Neither has any place in this great city.”
Mr Maloney has stressed that his some of his comments were intended to be “off the record” and also claimed that “the majority of Tories are anti-gay”.