A Conservative MP has accused North Wales police of ‘tokenism’ for marking LGBT History Month by flying the rainblow flag at their headquarters building.
David Jones, MP for Clwyd West, told the Daily Telegraph:
“I can’t see any reason why any flag other than the Union Flag and the Red Dragon of Wales should fly outside our police headquarters.
“This is tokenism and posturing. People want to see their police force focus on fighting crime, not getting involved in political tokenism and gestures.”
Tory Welsh Assembly member Darren Millar said: “This seems to be political correctness gone mad.”
On January 30th North Wales police held a ceremony at headquarters in Colwyn Bay was organised by The Gay Police Association North Wales and backed by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and Stonewall Cymru.
Assistant Chief Constable Ian Shannon said:
“Sexuality is a highly emotive and personal matter and I have great respect for those involved with The Gay Police Association who, over the years, have worked selflessly to promote equality within our organisation.
“I am immensely proud to support our gay officers and staff and I hope that this event sends out a clear message as we continue to strive for inclusivity and equality.”
Last year South Wales police flew the rainbow flag, an internationally-recognised symbol of the gay community, at police headquarters in Bridgend.
Since 2005 LGBT History Month has been celebrated during February with hundreds of events across Britain.