Tuesday, 23 March 2010

David Cameron slips up on gay equality

In an interview with Gay Times magazine, David Cameron the leader of The Conservative Party the UK's main opposition party, a man who harbours the ambition of moving into No. 10 Downing Street after the coming elections in May, displayed uncertainty over support for key votes on equality legislation in the European Parliament. Parts of the interview were shown exclusively by Channel 4 News this evening.

Last year, Mr Cameron's party's Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) refused to support a motion in the European parliament which condemned a new homophobic law in Lithuania. Cameron told the Gay Times: "I don't know about that particular vote.."

He then went on to state that he did not routinely tell his party's MEPs how to vote at the European Parliament. But there has been some controversy over the fact that the Conservatives (Tories) have allied themselves with a European Parliament grouping of other European parties at the parliament that are alleged to have extreme right-wing views. Of note is the Law and Justice Party of Poland, known for being an unpleasant, homophobic nationalist party.

Mr Cameron has already had to apologise for the controversial Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988, signed into law during the tenure of the last Conservative government of Mrs Thatcher. Under that law, local councils and schools were expressly prohibited from promoting the acceptability of homosexuality. Under the current Labour government that law has been repealed. Read more..

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