UKIP councillor quits after gay marriage fury

Worcester News: Martin Jenkins: quits UKIP and the county council Martin Jenkins: quits UKIP and the county council

A UKIP politician has quit his party and resigned from Worcestershire County Council - saying he is furious about Nigel Farage's gay marriage stance.

Martin Jenkins, who was elected for the first time ever last May, says he is "fed up" over UKIP's refusal to back same sex nuptials.

The move is a fresh blow for UKIP in Worcestershire, which made an historic breakthrough at County Hall by winning four seats 11 months ago but now has just one.

Former UKIP councillor Eric Kitson resigned in disgrace just 10 days in after a raft of racist and anti-Semitic posts were found on his Facebook page.

Tony Baker then died of a heart attack in June last year, aged 69, leaving the UKIP group at County Hall with two members.

Mr Jenkins, who tendered his resignation on Monday, said he was watching BBC1's Question Time last week when UKIP MEP Roger Helmer said he was "uncomfortable" with gay marriage.

He said: "I was watching it with my partner and as the audience booed, we started to boo too.

"We then sat there in stunned silence. I thought 'this is the party I represent, I can't do this anymore'.

"Everything UKIP has said about gay marriage, refusing to accept it, I can't agree with that.

"I am very sad about it but that's my view. I have also resigned from the county council because I think it's right I do that, I was elected under a UKIP banner and people backed me because of that.

"I could stay on as an independent but I went to the voters on the basis I was UKIP and it'd be wrong to stay on as anything else."

Mr Jenkins, 42, who has his own business helping adults get fitter, had been getting more involved in council debates recently.

Only last month he gave a speech on a lack of high quality PE lessons in schools, saying it contributed to obesity.

His resignation means a by-election will now need to take place in Arrow Valley East, which will be timed to coincide with the European elections on Thursday, May 22.

UKIP did not want to comment on his decision, but say Mr Farage has so far avoided committing to gay marriage, saying it is a matter for the House of Commons to decide, but that he fears legal challenges against community leaders to refuse to conduct ceremonies.

Last month he said: "We're signing up to something and we do not know where it's going to lead."

The only remaining UKIP councillor at Worcestershire County Council is now Stuart Cross.

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2:11pm Thu 3 Apr 14

denon says...

Yet another UKIP councillor resigns....they ought to know what the party stand for before putting themself up for election.

This resignation will cost us all at least £5,000 in election costs ....would have been better spent on social care ...well thats UKIP for you
Yet another UKIP councillor resigns....they ought to know what the party stand for before putting themself up for election. This resignation will cost us all at least £5,000 in election costs ....would have been better spent on social care ...well thats UKIP for you denon
  • Score: -14

2:57pm Thu 3 Apr 14

imustbeoldiwearacap says...

Give him his due - many would have continued as an independent - he at least is honourable! But as to Gay Marriage - Gays can now marry - Get Over It!
Give him his due - many would have continued as an independent - he at least is honourable! But as to Gay Marriage - Gays can now marry - Get Over It! imustbeoldiwearacap
  • Score: 3

4:05pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Jabbadad says...

Well I am sure UKIP will manage without any councillors who wish to publicly throw their toys out of the Pram for what must be very personal reasons.
And for those who are already weakly criticising Nigel Farage, read what he has said, at this moment he is unsure about the surrounding issuse, no condemnation.
But whatever Nigel had said there are those who knowing that UKIP are going to make the forthcoming elections the most interesting for many years are just running scared. And that the majority of UKIP concerns are for all the UK..
Having watched many of Nigels debates I have to say that he was outstanding again on BBC 2 Wednesday, since Clegg is a very good opponent, who shuts Harriette Harmon up at Deputy prime ministers Question Time (No Mean Task).
Why didn't Martin cross the floor to the Tories, they seem welcoming for any support at all, take in the politically disloyal and George Cowley, then promote them quickly past the loyal members, who sit there meekly saying nothing perhaps just there for the attendance allowances.
Anyway good riddance Martin, bring on the Elections can't wait to get my cross on the paper for England & St George.
Well I am sure UKIP will manage without any councillors who wish to publicly throw their toys out of the Pram for what must be very personal reasons. And for those who are already weakly criticising Nigel Farage, read what he has said, at this moment he is unsure about the surrounding issuse, no condemnation. But whatever Nigel had said there are those who knowing that UKIP are going to make the forthcoming elections the most interesting for many years are just running scared. And that the majority of UKIP concerns are for all the UK.. Having watched many of Nigels debates I have to say that he was outstanding again on BBC 2 Wednesday, since Clegg is a very good opponent, who shuts Harriette Harmon up at Deputy prime ministers Question Time (No Mean Task). Why didn't Martin cross the floor to the Tories, they seem welcoming for any support at all, take in the politically disloyal and George Cowley, then promote them quickly past the loyal members, who sit there meekly saying nothing perhaps just there for the attendance allowances. Anyway good riddance Martin, bring on the Elections can't wait to get my cross on the paper for England & St George. Jabbadad
  • Score: 0

6:49pm Thu 3 Apr 14

pinkfluff says...

Yet another reason not to vote for UKIP.
Yet another reason not to vote for UKIP. pinkfluff
  • Score: -12

12:07am Fri 4 Apr 14

3thinker says...

pinkfluff wrote:
Yet another reason not to vote for UKIP.
Surely not.

One of their spokesmen had the 'vision' that the legalisation of gay marriage was the reason for the floods we've recently experienced.

Another was quite correct in stating all women are slags.

And yet another in 'joking' about spit roasting of muslims.

Oh an the one who pretended to be a mate of Hitler.

And a leader who had a policy of not using expenses to pay their partners and then changed his mind an did so.

Yes and and the same guy who's sole and primary purpose as the descendent of German great grandparents and a German wife wants to ban immigration from the EU as they're mostly benefit cheats.

Obviously a party that any 'right' thinking voter will find totally acceptable.

Roll on a UKIP government.

I'm sure its exactly what 'little' Britain needs .
[quote][p][bold]pinkfluff[/bold] wrote: Yet another reason not to vote for UKIP.[/p][/quote]Surely not. One of their spokesmen had the 'vision' that the legalisation of gay marriage was the reason for the floods we've recently experienced. Another was quite correct in stating all women are slags. And yet another in 'joking' about spit roasting of muslims. Oh an the one who pretended to be a mate of Hitler. And a leader who had a policy of not using expenses to pay their partners and then changed his mind an did so. Yes and and the same guy who's sole and primary purpose as the descendent of German great grandparents and a German wife wants to ban immigration from the EU as they're mostly benefit cheats. Obviously a party that any 'right' thinking voter will find totally acceptable. Roll on a UKIP government. I'm sure its exactly what 'little' Britain needs . 3thinker
  • Score: -4

10:48am Fri 4 Apr 14

mrs peach says...

3thinker wrote:
pinkfluff wrote:
Yet another reason not to vote for UKIP.
Surely not.

One of their spokesmen had the 'vision' that the legalisation of gay marriage was the reason for the floods we've recently experienced.

Another was quite correct in stating all women are slags.

And yet another in 'joking' about spit roasting of muslims.

Oh an the one who pretended to be a mate of Hitler.

And a leader who had a policy of not using expenses to pay their partners and then changed his mind an did so.

Yes and and the same guy who's sole and primary purpose as the descendent of German great grandparents and a German wife wants to ban immigration from the EU as they're mostly benefit cheats.

Obviously a party that any 'right' thinking voter will find totally acceptable.

Roll on a UKIP government.

I'm sure its exactly what 'little' Britain needs .
3thinker: I am all for everyone having an opinion and trying to get others to follow the same, but, not when it is a twisted manipulated opinion. Please state facts in future: Silvester was a Tory when he made the statement about the floods, he sent a letter to Cameron with his "fears" he was not sacked or eve reprimanded by the tories, as soon as he became a member of UKIP it was dragged up out of the archives, UKIP leader did the right thing and sacked him. Godfrey Bloom! did not say "all women are slags" whatever was said was a private joke between UKIPPERS , no-one was offended. but again, Nigel did the right thing. If UKIP had the funding that the opposition has, he would not need to employ his wife as secretary, who I have no doubt, works longer hours than normal, and is ALWAYS on call.
[quote][p][bold]3thinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pinkfluff[/bold] wrote: Yet another reason not to vote for UKIP.[/p][/quote]Surely not. One of their spokesmen had the 'vision' that the legalisation of gay marriage was the reason for the floods we've recently experienced. Another was quite correct in stating all women are slags. And yet another in 'joking' about spit roasting of muslims. Oh an the one who pretended to be a mate of Hitler. And a leader who had a policy of not using expenses to pay their partners and then changed his mind an did so. Yes and and the same guy who's sole and primary purpose as the descendent of German great grandparents and a German wife wants to ban immigration from the EU as they're mostly benefit cheats. Obviously a party that any 'right' thinking voter will find totally acceptable. Roll on a UKIP government. I'm sure its exactly what 'little' Britain needs .[/p][/quote]3thinker: I am all for everyone having an opinion and trying to get others to follow the same, but, not when it is a twisted manipulated opinion. Please state facts in future: Silvester was a Tory when he made the statement about the floods, he sent a letter to Cameron with his "fears" he was not sacked or eve reprimanded by the tories, as soon as he became a member of UKIP it was dragged up out of the archives, UKIP leader did the right thing and sacked him. Godfrey Bloom! did not say "all women are slags" whatever was said was a private joke between UKIPPERS , no-one was offended. but again, Nigel did the right thing. If UKIP had the funding that the opposition has, he would not need to employ his wife as secretary, who I have no doubt, works longer hours than normal, and is ALWAYS on call. mrs peach
  • Score: 5

11:00am Fri 4 Apr 14

CJH says...

mrs peach wrote:
3thinker wrote:
pinkfluff wrote:
Yet another reason not to vote for UKIP.
Surely not.

One of their spokesmen had the 'vision' that the legalisation of gay marriage was the reason for the floods we've recently experienced.

Another was quite correct in stating all women are slags.

And yet another in 'joking' about spit roasting of muslims.

Oh an the one who pretended to be a mate of Hitler.

And a leader who had a policy of not using expenses to pay their partners and then changed his mind an did so.

Yes and and the same guy who's sole and primary purpose as the descendent of German great grandparents and a German wife wants to ban immigration from the EU as they're mostly benefit cheats.

Obviously a party that any 'right' thinking voter will find totally acceptable.

Roll on a UKIP government.

I'm sure its exactly what 'little' Britain needs .
3thinker: I am all for everyone having an opinion and trying to get others to follow the same, but, not when it is a twisted manipulated opinion. Please state facts in future: Silvester was a Tory when he made the statement about the floods, he sent a letter to Cameron with his "fears" he was not sacked or eve reprimanded by the tories, as soon as he became a member of UKIP it was dragged up out of the archives, UKIP leader did the right thing and sacked him. Godfrey Bloom! did not say "all women are slags" whatever was said was a private joke between UKIPPERS , no-one was offended. but again, Nigel did the right thing. If UKIP had the funding that the opposition has, he would not need to employ his wife as secretary, who I have no doubt, works longer hours than normal, and is ALWAYS on call.
"...whatever was said was a private joke between UKIPPERS , no-one was offended." So it's ok for people wanting public office to make fun of people in private is it? It merely demomstrates their true feelings, otherwise why say it? What a pathetic defence.
[quote][p][bold]mrs peach[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]3thinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pinkfluff[/bold] wrote: Yet another reason not to vote for UKIP.[/p][/quote]Surely not. One of their spokesmen had the 'vision' that the legalisation of gay marriage was the reason for the floods we've recently experienced. Another was quite correct in stating all women are slags. And yet another in 'joking' about spit roasting of muslims. Oh an the one who pretended to be a mate of Hitler. And a leader who had a policy of not using expenses to pay their partners and then changed his mind an did so. Yes and and the same guy who's sole and primary purpose as the descendent of German great grandparents and a German wife wants to ban immigration from the EU as they're mostly benefit cheats. Obviously a party that any 'right' thinking voter will find totally acceptable. Roll on a UKIP government. I'm sure its exactly what 'little' Britain needs .[/p][/quote]3thinker: I am all for everyone having an opinion and trying to get others to follow the same, but, not when it is a twisted manipulated opinion. Please state facts in future: Silvester was a Tory when he made the statement about the floods, he sent a letter to Cameron with his "fears" he was not sacked or eve reprimanded by the tories, as soon as he became a member of UKIP it was dragged up out of the archives, UKIP leader did the right thing and sacked him. Godfrey Bloom! did not say "all women are slags" whatever was said was a private joke between UKIPPERS , no-one was offended. but again, Nigel did the right thing. If UKIP had the funding that the opposition has, he would not need to employ his wife as secretary, who I have no doubt, works longer hours than normal, and is ALWAYS on call.[/p][/quote]"...whatever was said was a private joke between UKIPPERS , no-one was offended." So it's ok for people wanting public office to make fun of people in private is it? It merely demomstrates their true feelings, otherwise why say it? What a pathetic defence. CJH
  • Score: 2

11:10am Fri 4 Apr 14

i-cycle says...

mrs peach wrote:
3thinker wrote:
pinkfluff wrote:
Yet another reason not to vote for UKIP.
Surely not.

One of their spokesmen had the 'vision' that the legalisation of gay marriage was the reason for the floods we've recently experienced.

Another was quite correct in stating all women are slags.

And yet another in 'joking' about spit roasting of muslims.

Oh an the one who pretended to be a mate of Hitler.

And a leader who had a policy of not using expenses to pay their partners and then changed his mind an did so.

Yes and and the same guy who's sole and primary purpose as the descendent of German great grandparents and a German wife wants to ban immigration from the EU as they're mostly benefit cheats.

Obviously a party that any 'right' thinking voter will find totally acceptable.

Roll on a UKIP government.

I'm sure its exactly what 'little' Britain needs .
3thinker: I am all for everyone having an opinion and trying to get others to follow the same, but, not when it is a twisted manipulated opinion. Please state facts in future: Silvester was a Tory when he made the statement about the floods, he sent a letter to Cameron with his "fears" he was not sacked or eve reprimanded by the tories, as soon as he became a member of UKIP it was dragged up out of the archives, UKIP leader did the right thing and sacked him. Godfrey Bloom! did not say "all women are slags" whatever was said was a private joke between UKIPPERS , no-one was offended. but again, Nigel did the right thing. If UKIP had the funding that the opposition has, he would not need to employ his wife as secretary, who I have no doubt, works longer hours than normal, and is ALWAYS on call.
Thanks for helping to make my point for me.

UKIPPERS (sounds so twee) see nothing wrong in making sexist, racist and homophobic 'jokes' and comments. Just like the local candidate in last years elections that thought it was amusing to photshop himself with Hitler.

Immigration does need to be controlled and I'm sure not all UKIPPERs are like this, but i do hope the electorate will start to look more closely at who they are voting for. More particularly that the party is more robust in selecting candidate that have a more pluralistic view of those they seek to serve.
[quote][p][bold]mrs peach[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]3thinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pinkfluff[/bold] wrote: Yet another reason not to vote for UKIP.[/p][/quote]Surely not. One of their spokesmen had the 'vision' that the legalisation of gay marriage was the reason for the floods we've recently experienced. Another was quite correct in stating all women are slags. And yet another in 'joking' about spit roasting of muslims. Oh an the one who pretended to be a mate of Hitler. And a leader who had a policy of not using expenses to pay their partners and then changed his mind an did so. Yes and and the same guy who's sole and primary purpose as the descendent of German great grandparents and a German wife wants to ban immigration from the EU as they're mostly benefit cheats. Obviously a party that any 'right' thinking voter will find totally acceptable. Roll on a UKIP government. I'm sure its exactly what 'little' Britain needs .[/p][/quote]3thinker: I am all for everyone having an opinion and trying to get others to follow the same, but, not when it is a twisted manipulated opinion. Please state facts in future: Silvester was a Tory when he made the statement about the floods, he sent a letter to Cameron with his "fears" he was not sacked or eve reprimanded by the tories, as soon as he became a member of UKIP it was dragged up out of the archives, UKIP leader did the right thing and sacked him. Godfrey Bloom! did not say "all women are slags" whatever was said was a private joke between UKIPPERS , no-one was offended. but again, Nigel did the right thing. If UKIP had the funding that the opposition has, he would not need to employ his wife as secretary, who I have no doubt, works longer hours than normal, and is ALWAYS on call.[/p][/quote]Thanks for helping to make my point for me. UKIPPERS (sounds so twee) see nothing wrong in making sexist, racist and homophobic 'jokes' and comments. Just like the local candidate in last years elections that thought it was amusing to photshop himself with Hitler. Immigration does need to be controlled and I'm sure not all UKIPPERs are like this, but i do hope the electorate will start to look more closely at who they are voting for. More particularly that the party is more robust in selecting candidate that have a more pluralistic view of those they seek to serve. i-cycle
  • Score: 4

12:56pm Fri 4 Apr 14

PrivateSi says...

Well said - but it's a shame you're getting so wrapped up in POLICIES - we ONLY WANT OUT OF THE EU - Real Direct Democracy would be better, anyhow on many issues (starting with an EU Referendum)...

We need UKIP to get THE JOB DONE... I wish you lot could forget much of the traditional, OLD SKOOL Conservatism and just stick to SENSIBLE, FAIR IMMIGRATION CONTROL and leaving the wretched, albatross that is The EU...
Well said - but it's a shame you're getting so wrapped up in POLICIES - we ONLY WANT OUT OF THE EU - Real Direct Democracy would be better, anyhow on many issues (starting with an EU Referendum)... We need UKIP to get THE JOB DONE... I wish you lot could forget much of the traditional, OLD SKOOL Conservatism and just stick to SENSIBLE, FAIR IMMIGRATION CONTROL and leaving the wretched, albatross that is The EU... PrivateSi
  • Score: -1

2:34pm Fri 4 Apr 14

denon says...

What afends me is UKIP select candidates, who do not know what they stand for,> The candidates then get elected for 4 years giving hope to the people who voted for them. Then they resign...something is wrong with UKIP Half of the UKIP elected to Worcestershire County Council have quit. This the means expensive byelections for us all.
It is interesting that in the 2 by elections fought by UKIP since last May's election they lost both of them.
What afends me is UKIP select candidates, who do not know what they stand for,> The candidates then get elected for 4 years giving hope to the people who voted for them. Then they resign...something is wrong with UKIP Half of the UKIP elected to Worcestershire County Council have quit. This the means expensive byelections for us all. It is interesting that in the 2 by elections fought by UKIP since last May's election they lost both of them. denon
  • Score: -4

10:13pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Jabbadad says...

It just might be that they have experienced as many of us have what a shambles the democracy or lack of and what a load of ...... .... .. the majority of councillors are and decided that there s co much more worthy voluntary things to do in life outside of County Hall and the Guildhall for that matter.
I did.
It just might be that they have experienced as many of us have what a shambles the democracy or lack of and what a load of ...... .... .. the majority of councillors are and decided that there s co much more worthy voluntary things to do in life outside of County Hall and the Guildhall for that matter. I did. Jabbadad
  • Score: -1

10:24pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Lew Smoralz says...

This was always going to happen for one reason or another. It has no relevance outside the councillors own little world.
This was always going to happen for one reason or another. It has no relevance outside the councillors own little world. Lew Smoralz
  • Score: -2

11:29pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Solara says...

denon wrote:
Yet another UKIP councillor resigns....they ought to know what the party stand for before putting themself up for election.

This resignation will cost us all at least £5,000 in election costs ....would have been better spent on social care ...well thats UKIP for you
Well done Martin for being a man of integrity!! It's very easy isn't it, to stand in judgement, not really knowing the full facts or taking into account for one second how difficult it might be for an individual to make such a public and principled stand, over a policy which challenges a persons right to equality!?! UKIP have always opposed same sex marriage and they do not support the new legislation, but even I remember them saying they were supporting it in principle and used the argument that it was because we were in the EU that they opposed it!! It was to do with human rights laws and churches being forced to hold ceremonies, which implied that they supported the idea of gay marriage out of the EU - no doubt to appeal to as many voters as possible and reinforce their argument for us to leave the EU!!!! Now they've changed their story - probably trying to appeal to the anti-gay marriage mob. Yes, they still oppose gay marriage and they still use the EU argument, but they won't say what their position is out of the EU - the Telegraph called for some clarity on this last just weekend!?! I watched Question Time too and it made me cringe so I applaud him for making a stand like this.... and as for £5,000 ...really? On the same day as the local and EU elections?? If giving an extra piece of paper for people to put a cross on in one small part of a town costs £5,000, then it just goes to show how our council's really don't get the best deal when it comes to spending public money. and, as they've never even been in power, I dont think you can blame UKIP or anyone else for that!!
[quote][p][bold]denon[/bold] wrote: Yet another UKIP councillor resigns....they ought to know what the party stand for before putting themself up for election. This resignation will cost us all at least £5,000 in election costs ....would have been better spent on social care ...well thats UKIP for you[/p][/quote]Well done Martin for being a man of integrity!! It's very easy isn't it, to stand in judgement, not really knowing the full facts or taking into account for one second how difficult it might be for an individual to make such a public and principled stand, over a policy which challenges a persons right to equality!?! UKIP have always opposed same sex marriage and they do not support the new legislation, but even I remember them saying they were supporting it in principle and used the argument that it was because we were in the EU that they opposed it!! It was to do with human rights laws and churches being forced to hold ceremonies, which implied that they supported the idea of gay marriage out of the EU - no doubt to appeal to as many voters as possible and reinforce their argument for us to leave the EU!!!! Now they've changed their story - probably trying to appeal to the anti-gay marriage mob. Yes, they still oppose gay marriage and they still use the EU argument, but they won't say what their position is out of the EU - the Telegraph called for some clarity on this last just weekend!?! I watched Question Time too and it made me cringe so I applaud him for making a stand like this.... and as for £5,000 ...really? On the same day as the local and EU elections?? If giving an extra piece of paper for people to put a cross on in one small part of a town costs £5,000, then it just goes to show how our council's really don't get the best deal when it comes to spending public money. and, as they've never even been in power, I dont think you can blame UKIP or anyone else for that!! Solara
  • Score: 6

11:41pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Solara says...

denon wrote:
What afends me is UKIP select candidates, who do not know what they stand for,> The candidates then get elected for 4 years giving hope to the people who voted for them. Then they resign...something is wrong with UKIP Half of the UKIP elected to Worcestershire County Council have quit. This the means expensive byelections for us all.
It is interesting that in the 2 by elections fought by UKIP since last May's election they lost both of them.
...Didn't I just read that there were 2 by-elections because one of the councillors actually died?? Good grief. Have some respect.
[quote][p][bold]denon[/bold] wrote: What afends me is UKIP select candidates, who do not know what they stand for,> The candidates then get elected for 4 years giving hope to the people who voted for them. Then they resign...something is wrong with UKIP Half of the UKIP elected to Worcestershire County Council have quit. This the means expensive byelections for us all. It is interesting that in the 2 by elections fought by UKIP since last May's election they lost both of them.[/p][/quote]...Didn't I just read that there were 2 by-elections because one of the councillors actually died?? Good grief. Have some respect. Solara
  • Score: 4

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