A former MP for Stoke-on-Trent South has revealed that he plans to sue the Liberal Democrats, alleging that he was deselected over his pro-life and pro-marriage views. Rob Flello – who previously held the seat for twelve years for Labour – was removed just hours after announcing his candidacy. Mr Flello has issued legal proceedings against the party for discriminating against his religious beliefs. Announcing the deselection in November, the Liberal Democrats claimed Flello’s values ‘greatly diverged’ from those of the party. It was reported that this related to his views on same-sex marriage and abortion. Mr Flello says he is taking legal action to “defend both democracy and the right of people to hold a religious view”. A spokesman for the Lib Dems responded: “By directly associating himself with comments and causes Mr Flello put himself outside the standards we would expect for a Liberal Democrat candidate.”

 

US President Donald Trump has appeared to admit that his knowledge of the Bible is lacking. The comments were made at a Hanukkah reception at the White House on Wednesday as he introduced US evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress to the stage. Mr Trump said: "Robert Jeffress, I didn't know him, but I watched him, and I'd watch him on different shows. I said,' I like that guy. Man, he talks really great about me', and I like people that talk well about me. "He was saying, 'He may not be the greatest Christian I've ever seen, he may not know the Bible quite as well as the rest of us, in fact he may not know it very well at all, but that guy's a real leader and he's going to do a job'. I appreciate that statement. I don't know if I should have but I did."