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.
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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