From The Independent: Theresa May has backed Toby Young to continue in his new role with the higher education watchdog, despite mounting pressure to sack him over a series of misogynistic and homophobic tweets.
From Evolve Politics: A Conservative MP has described a memorial for people who were executed for being gay as ‘totally inappropriate’.
Andrew Bridgen, Tory MP for North West Leicestershire, lashed out after the exhibit was unveiled by the National Trust at Kingston Lacy house in Dorset earlier this week.
The memorial was inspired by the tragic life of the former owner of the National Trust property, British explorer and former Tory MP William John Bankes – a man who was forced to flee the country after authorities discovered he was gay. Read more
From The Guardian: Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Conservative grassroots’ favoured candidate to succeed Theresa May, has said he is against same-sex marriage and opposes abortion even in cases of rape.
Rees-Mogg, who is a father of six, said he was “completely opposed to abortion” and said he believed life began at the point of conception. “With same-sex marriage, that is something that people are doing for themselves. With abortion, that is what people are doing to the unborn child,” he said.
Asked whether he would be against terminations in all circumstances including rape, he replied: “Afraid so.”
From The Guardian: A long-serving Conservative MP has said he will not stand in the general election, just hours after A-level students revealed he had told them that he believed “homosexuality is wrong” and “dangerous to society”.
Andrew Turner, who has represented the Isle of Wight since 2001, made the comments during a question and answer session at Christ the King College in Newport. One student describing herself as a “passionate campaigner for LGBT rights” asked her local MP if he was involved in the Isle of Wight’s first ever Pride event.
In a post on Facebook, Esther Poucher said she was shocked to the point of outrage by Turner’s response. “He told us that he’d been invited, but wasn’t intending to go. This is because (and this is a direct quote) he thinks that homosexuality is ‘wrong’ and “dangerous to society’,” she wrote.
From The Independent: Prime Minister Theresa May has an uneven track record in standing up for LGBT rights in parliament, having joined in with Conservative opposition to much of the equality legislation passed by the New Labour government between 1997 and 2010.
Afriyie wrote: “Many of our core supporters feel alienated and disillusioned. The party establishment must reconnect with these supporters. And this will probably mean a swallowing of pride with a sincere apology for the way gay marriage was introduced.
“Then I’m hopeful we’ll stand a better chance of winning people’s trust, especially if we have some undeniably conservative policies in our manifesto.”