Geoffrey Clark will be independent councillor if he wins, UKIP says
PUBLISHED: 10:26 19 December 2012 | UPDATED: 11:06 19 December 2012
Geoffrey Clark will be an independent councillor if he wins tomorrow’s by-election despite the ballot papers listing him as a UKIP candidate, the party says.
Mr Clark has been suspended from UKIP following his personal manifesto which suggested the compulsory abortion of foetuses detected to have Down’s syndrome and other disabilities.
He is a candidate in a by-election being held on Thursday (20) for the Meopham North seat on Gravesham Borough Council and the Gravesham Rural seat on Kent County Council.
Ballot papers listing Mr Clark as the UKIP candidate have already been printed and sent to postal voters.
A UKIP spokesman said: “He has been suspended. However, as his name is on the ballot paper, and postal votes have already been cast, he cannot be removed from the election. He is not a UKIP candidate and if he is elected he will sit as an independent.”
Comments posted on community forum Streetlife by residents of Gravesham expressed their shock at Mr Clark’s remarks.
A user named Zippy, who originally alerted the Reporter to the UKIP candidate’s manifesto, wrote: “Hopefully this will demonstrate to Streetlife users the power you now have. When you next feel like having a moan and groan on here then please do indulge yourself and then take action.”
Mike D wrote: “I am a UKIP member and canvassed for Mr Clark in the 2011 elections. Notwithstanding that, I find his views on compulsory abortion disgraceful.”
Martin Wilson wrote: “Just who is a burden on society and the NHS? Let those who have perfect health and a perfect lifestyle cast the first stone.”