A Tory-affiliated LGBT group has been officially launched at Manchester Pride.

LGBTory had a stall during the bank holiday festivities, while members marched in the parade to showcase the new rainbow Tory logo and the slogan ‘Conservative and Proud’.

Matthew Sephton, the chairman of LGBTory, said: “The weekend was a tremendous success. We had an excellent team in the parade and had loads of fun doing it.We were flying the flag for the modern Conservatives and for the LGBT community and had lots of attention from the many thousands of people who lined the parade route through the city.

“On our stall, we had a great deal of interest in both LGBTory and the Conservatives generally. People were positive about us being there and were very happy to see us. As a group we are looking forward to working with all LGBT groups and other Conservative groups to continue the change needed to stamp out homophobia at all levels of society, once and for all.”

The launch of the group follows news that a gay event is to be held at the party’s annual conference next month.

Conference Pride will be held at Spirit Bar in the heart of Manchester’s gay village on Tuesday October 6th.

Guests will include shadow equalities minister Theresa May, Conservative Party vice chair Margot James, shadow environment secretary Nick Herbert, chief executive of Stonewall Ben Summerskill and political blogger Iain Dale.