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British councillor who blamed floods on gay marriage suspended

Published on Jan 20, 2014 1:19 AM

LONDON (AFP) - The anti-immigration UK Independence Party (UKIP) on Sunday suspended a local councillor who blamed recent flooding across Britain on the government's decision to legalise gay marriage.

Mr David Silvester, a devout Christian who defected from Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative party in protest at last year's move to allow same-sex marriage, claimed Britain had been "beset by storms" in recent weeks because the new law had angered God.

"It is (Mr Cameron's) fault that large swathes of the nation have been afflicted by storms and floods," Mr Silvester, an elected member of the town council in Henley-on-Thames, west of London, wrote in a letter to his local newspaper.

UKIP initially supported Mr Silvester's right to express his opinions, but the anti-European Union party has now used emergency powers to suspend him.

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