Resign from Council
  • Petitioning Raymond Finch

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UKIP South East
Raymond Finch
Councillor David Sylvester, UKIP, Henley on Thames

Resign from Council

    1. Sarah Butcher
    2. Petition by

      Sarah Butcher

      Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom

On Friday 17 January, Councillor David Sylvester (UKIP) wrote an open letter to the Henley Standard, blaming the legislation of the same sex marriage bill for the floods that we are currently experiencing in the UK. 

Councillor Silvester’s letter has hurt, upset and openly discriminated against the gay community far and wide as well as their friends, families and the general public at large. 

As a local resident I am outraged that a councillor elected to represent me has not only made such offensive remarks, but refuses to accept that he was wrong to do so. In part of his letter he claimed that the country had been ‘beset by storms’ because the Prime Minister had acted ‘arrogantly against the Gospel’ by passing same-sex marriage laws.

The community need to be assured that Mr Silvester will have no more influence on the people of Henley. There is no room for his religious views in his political position. 

His party, UKIP, have suspended him for his comments. Let's ensure this becomes permanent. If UKIP wants success they need to remove these extremists. We will not tolerate racism, sexism or homophobia.

I am calling on David Silverster to resign as councillor and urging UKIP to force his resignation.

Please support this petition!

Raymond Finch, UKIP South East
Councillor David Sylvester, UKIP, Henley on Thames
Resign from Council

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Recent signatures


    1. David Silvester Refuses to Step down

      Sarah Butcher
      Petition Organizer

      Unfortunately, Councillor Silvester has refused to step down. He still stands by his words even though he has made many South Oxfordshire residents, and those further afield , upset, angry and frustrated. He unashamedly gets to stay in a position where he can represent the people of Henley. He has moved from a position of Tory Councillor(When they passed the same sex marriage bill) to UKIP (Who have sacked him) and now stands as an independent.
      The only way to be heard now is to formally complain to SODC where they will investigate this. . Please keep this going. We cannot continue to let this happen. Homosexual people should not have to continue to fight for being born the way they are, Young homosexuals should not have to suffer before coming out and we have to stop the increase in suicide attempts in the gay community who can no longer deal with who they are because people like Councillor David Silvester make them feel unworthy.

    2. Reached 25,000 signatures
    3. Henley Town Council Meeting: What should happen to David Silvester?

      Sarah Butcher
      Petition Organizer

      Meeting at Henley Town Hall, Tuesday February 4th, 7pm to discuss concerns around David Silvesters comments. Fingers crossed for a positive result! Please, please share this petition on Facebook, Twitter and email.

      Extraordinary Town Council Meeting to Discuss Councillor David Silvester

      Henley Town Council have today arranged an Extraordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 4 February to discuss the views expressed by Councillor David Silvester in his letter to the Editor of the Henley Standard, published on Friday 17 January, which were his personal views are not the views of the Henley-on-Thames Town Council and are not Council policy.

    4. Reached 17,500 signatures
    5. UKIP Discussion on Jeremey Vine

      Sarah Butcher
      Petition Organizer

      CAll in and express your views and ask for resignation!

      Councillor David Sylvester, UKIP, Henley on Thames: Resign from Council

      Councillor David Sylvester (UKIP) wrote an open letter to the Henley Standard on Friday, January 17th, 2014, and blamed the legislation of the same...

    6. Reached 200 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • mark malcolm-brown CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 days ago

      wow wake up to the real world and stop using excuses to justify your discrimination.

      • 11 days ago

      Oh please, euthanasia for those with low emotional intelligence

    • Katy Pompilis LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 30 days ago

      Maybe this guy - like a lot of people just has a warped 'sense of humour' ?

      An apology or explanation might be a good idea, Mr Finch ! Regards

      • about 1 month ago

      Religion has no place in politics.

      • about 1 month ago

      I find this man's staggering inability to think rationally to be the principal reason he should have no place on a democratic body.


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