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Lesbian MEP sues UKIP for sexual orientation discrimination

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A lesbian MEP for Meriden in the West Midlands has commenced legal action against the UK Independence Party (UKIP) over alleged , according to .

Nikki Sinclaire was elected an MEP for UKIP in 2009, but was forced to leave the party earlier this year. It seems she first fell out with party leader Nigel Farage over the decision to join the extremist '' group in the European Parliament.

Farage then expelled her from the party after she refused to sit alongside EFD members in Strasbourg.

She has now commenced employment tribunal proceedings claiming that her treatment breached UKIP's constitution and was motivated by sexual orientation discrimination.

Ms Sinclaire said: "I think that is homophobic in itself, the fact that they expected me to sit next to such people and engage with such people in the parliament, while taking a holier-than-thou attitude to parties like the BNP in the UK.

"It is unacceptable in the 21st century for people to be marginalised and treated in an offensive and derogatory way on the grounds of their sexuality."

UKIP has so far refused to comment on the claim. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for late December.

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