Roger Helmer has been declared the official UKIP candidate for the Newark by-election on June 5th.
So just who is Roger Helmer:
Helmer, who is UKIP’s leading critic of green energy was accused of hypocrisy after it emerged he was making more than £1,000 a year by having solar panels fitted to his property.
The MEP said that a government scheme that allowed householders to profit from fitting solar panels was “sheer lunacy”. However, he said his decision to fit the panels was “a straightforward financial proposition”.
Helmer caused a storm when he claimed that 15 year old girls can consent to sex with pop stars. Helmer said “Suppose a 15-year-old girl is at a club with a pop star, and he says ‘how about it, dear’? and she says ‘yes please, I was hoping you’d ask’. In most people’s book, that constitutes consent. Legally, she cannot consent, but in real terms, she can.”
Helmer also claimed that if an underage child asked for sex then they were contributing to the problem.
Helmer suggested that gay marriages will lead to incestuous and polygamous unions.
Roger Helmer MEP’s wrote on his blog, Straight Talking, that Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s comments about “grotesque” plans to introduce gay marriage were “impressive” and “brilliant”.
Of the Cardinal’s comment that gay marriage was ‘a grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right’, Helmer continued: “I wish I’d thought of the phrase. Perhaps he ought to be a politician.”
Helmer, who once described the Catholic church as ‘systematically paedophile’ wrote yesterday: “Archbishop Keith O’Brien also makes the point, quite reasonably, that once you start to tamper with the institution of marriage, you get into some very murky water indeed. If two men can be married, why not three men? Or a two men and a woman?
“He could have gone further. Why not a commune? If two men have a right to marry, how can we deny the same right to two siblings? Are we to authorise incest?”
Discussing rape on his blog Helmer said: “Let me make another point which will certainly get me vilified, but which I think is important to make: while in the first case, the blame is squarely on the perpetrator and does not attach to the victim, in the second case the victim surely shares a part of the responsibility, if only for establishing reasonable expectations in her boyfriend’s mind.”
Helmer was rebuked by his own party for sending out a tweet during a spate of riots suggesting that the army should “shoot looters and arsonists on sight”.
Writing on his blog Helmer stated of the Roman Catholic Church that: “it would be perfectly fair to describe it as systemically paedophile.”
Helmer wrote on his blog that homophobia does not exist and that the word: “is merely a propaganda device” designed to “denigrate and stigmatise those holding conventional opinions”
A month later Helmer defended himself, saying he was not claiming “that there is no discrimination, and that homosexuals do not suffer violence and prejudice from people because sadly, we all know that is not the case.” but rather, he states, that the word homophobia has “no meaning” because he has “never met anyone with an irrational fear of homosexuals” and claims that the term is a propagandist one created by the “militant gay rights lobby”
In August 2009, Helmer courted controversy when he criticised the NHS. Speaking to BBC Radio Helmer stated that: “If 80% of Americans are getting better health care than we are in the UK then we ought to ask why, and we ought to ask how are we going to deliver equally good results.”
In November 2005, Helmer admitted that he regularly breaks speed limits on motorway runs. He argued that “No matter how fast you are going, you get people passing you” and confirmed that he has recently been caught speeding with his Jaguar, driving at 38 mph in a 30 mph zone.
In April 2004, Helmer was criticised by Friends of the Earth for his voting record on environmental issues, voting in what they claimed was an environmentally friendly manner in only one out of ten possible “eco-friendly” votes.