• STV
  • MySTV

MEP stands down over party candidate's 'homophobic views'

Louis Steadman-Bryce said the Brexit Party's MP candidate meant he would stand down.

MEP: Mr Steadman-Bryce has stood down from the Brexit Party.
MEP: Mr Steadman-Bryce has stood down from the Brexit Party.

A Brexit Party MEP has stood down from the party over "homophobic"posts made by a candidate.

Louis Steadman-Bryce has been a Member of the European Parliament for the party since July.

Last week, he announced he would be standing down as a candidate in the forthcoming general election.

On Tuesday, he posted on Twitter that The Brexit Party's decision to select a candidate with "openly homophobic views" led to his decision to stand down from the party.

He also cited the party's "failure to deliver on its promises" as a reason to stand down.

'The Brexit Party's recent decision to select a Scottish candidate who has openly posted homophobic views across social media is...a betrayal of the LGBT community.'
Louis Steadman-Bryce

Mr Steadman-Bryce said he will remain as an independent MEP.

In a video posted on Twitter, Mr Steadman-Bryce said: "I find myself in a situation where my personal values are now in direct conflict with those of the party. And this for me is an area where I cannot and will not compromise.

"Almost a quarter of a million people in Scotland voted for The Brexit Party to represent them here in the European parliament and to ensure that Scotland had a voice in the Brexit debate.

"But unfortunately I feel the party has repeatedly failed to deliver on either of those promises.

"The Brexit Party's recent decision to select a Scottish candidate who has openly posted homophobic views across social media is not only a betrayal of the LGBT community, but also a betrayal of everyone who believes that such divisive and hateful views have no place in our society.

"Whilst the Brexit Party's position on Brexit may have changed, mine has not and I remain committed to Brexit and to the people of Scotland who voted for me. And I will fight on, unhindered as an independent MEP to ensure our voice is heard."

It is believed Mr Steadman-Bryce's decision related to the candidacy of Victor Farrell, who was standing for The Brexit Party in Glenrothes.

The party has since withdrawn its support for Mr Farrell, who said on Facebook that he intended to stand as an independent.

"The Brexit Party cut ties with Victor Farrell almost as soon as his comments came to light," the party said on Tuesday.

"We are sad to see Louis Steadman-Bryce go and we will always oppose bigotry and fight for a proper Brexit."

Download: The STV News app is Scotland's favourite and is available for iPhone from the App store and for Android from Google Play. Download it today and continue to enjoy STV News wherever you are.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This must be at least 6 characters long.
ShowHide
This field is required. This must be at least 6 characters long.
You must be over 16 to join STV.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
We need this to check that you live in an STV region.
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid postcode
Would you like us to email you about our great shows and services from time to time?
We'll only send emails we think you'll like (see example) based on information you have supplied and shows you have watched on STV Player. For details on emails and advertising, see our STV & You page.
Would you like to receive emails from the Scottish Children's Lottery about draws, instant games and competitions?
We support the Scottish Children's Lottery (SCL), which is managed by our colleagues at STV ELM Ltd. You can find out more about the SCL on its website, including its Privacy Policy.

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, and understand our Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.