You may have seen headlines in the last few days about my faith. I am a Mormon and it appears some people may have a problem with this. I am also a father, a husband, a son and a brother and my faith is something that does define who I am, but it is not all that I am.
One of the reasons I was drawn to UKIP is that it holds itself out to be a libertarian party that celebrates our differences as people and joins us in a common endeavour for less government and more personal choice.
I am surprised and disappointed to be attacked by current members of UKIP for my religious beliefs – in my opinion, they are walking a very fine line between freedom of expression and remaining within the law.
While I believe in worshipping God, I also believe that others should have the same right and respect to worship, how, where or what they may.
In response to allegations about my staff’s personal beliefs I say this: it would be up to staff to choose to declare their religion if they so wish, and rightly it makes no difference, but nepotism is never a factor in working for me, unlike Neil Hamilton who employs his wife. Instead I value talent, commitment and above all honesty, so with bullying behaviour and the demonstrated deficit in dedication in failing to even move to the country he was elected to represent, Neil would likely struggle to be selected to work in my office.