The UK’s Deputy Prime Minister has said that the new Ugandan anti-gay law is an ‘abhorrent backwards step’.

The UK’s Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, is joining the number of world leaders that are openly speaking out against Uganda’s newly signed law which could see gay people jailed.

The new law proposes that anyone engaging in homosexual acts could face life imprisonment and that anyone who does not report the crime would also fall foul of the law. Even talking about homosexuality without condemning would be a crime under the new bill.

For the first time the new bill also covers lesbian relationships.

Taking to Twitter the Liberal Democrat leader said:

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‘The Ugandan anti-gay law is an abhorrent backwards step for human rights. It should never be a crime to be LGBT.’

In an interview with CNN Uganda’s President said that gay people were ‘Disgusting’ and ‘Abnormal’