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MEP quits UKIP due to 'homophobic' perception

By Aubrey Allegretti, political reporter
A UKIP MEP has quit the party, saying it has become "widely perceived as both homophobic and anti-Islamic".
Lord William Dartmouth announced the move with "relief and regret", accusing leader Gerard Batten of moving the party "further and further to the Right".

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Real name William Legge, the South West England MEP is a former Tory peer and also the 10th Earl of Dartmouth.He left UKIP accusing Mr Batten of "hijacking" the party to "campaign against Islam as a religion" and associating himself with "outlandish people and extreme right-wing groups"."The work of all those who worked so hard in their support of Brexit is being devalued," Lord Dartmouth complained.
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UKIP leader Gerard Batten said Lord Dartmouth had done 'very little' for the party
He highlighted Mr Batten's support for Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, better known as Tommy Robinson, the former leader of the English Defence League.
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