Twitter reacts to UKIP Kent candidate Geoffrey Clark manifesto

PUBLISHED: 16:21 18 December 2012

Twitter users have reacted in shock over UKIP candidate Geoffrey Clark's call for the compulsory abortion of any foetus with Down's syndrome.

In his personal manifesto for a by-election on Thursday (20) Mr Clark states: “Consider compulsory abortion when the foetus is detected as having Downs, Spina Bifida or similar syndrome which, if it is born, will render the child a burden on the state as well as on the family.”

Disability charity Mencap slammed the manifesto, saying they were “disgusted and shocked”.

The charity began the hashtag #notaburden on Twitter while people reacted to the news.

One user wrote: “My son is #notaburden - he is a wonderful person who has taught me so much, more than anyone I know. I love him to bits.”

Despite the UKIP press officer yesterday saying Geoffrey Clark would be an “excellent councillor”, today he wrote on Twitter: “Mr Clark will not be standing for UKIP again”.

Geoffrey Clark is running in a by-election for the Gravesham Rural seat on Kent County Council and the Meopham North seat on Gravesham Borough Council.

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