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Lesbian Tory candidate to fight Glasgow by-election this week

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  1. Obviously too young to remember section 28 then?!

  2. Merseymike 10 Nov 2009, 5:43pm

    I’m not a Tory and would never even consider voting for them. But it is good that there are gay and lesbian people in all democratic parties

    However, I noted that the bulk of MP’s opposing what I think is reasonable protection from hate speech were Tory. Again.

  3. It’s very Tory to keep saying that her sexuality need not be talked about, including continuing issues of discrimination and inequality. And I have yet to come across a straight Tory politician (or indeed of any party)who describes their partner and family life as ‘not interesting’.

  4. Justin Hinchcliffe 10 Nov 2009, 8:20pm

    Good luck to her – let’s hope she dents Labour’s majority

  5. The bit about it being a Labour stronghold and the Tories having no chance of winning is a half-truth. This will be a big fight between Labour and the SNP and the irrelevant Tories will be lucky to exceed the mere 6% they got last time they stood in the constituency.

  6. theotherone 10 Nov 2009, 9:19pm

    good on her but it’s a lost cause.

    The only people (according to The Times) who will surprise anyone will be the BMP who are set to retain their deposit and may even come third or fourth place.

  7. theotherone 10 Nov 2009, 9:22pm

    don’t you think the subs could do a better job of finding pictures?

    There’s a full page one on the Conservative site – better than this pixilated one.

  8. So she’s a gay woman campaigning for a gay-unfriendly political party. I wonder if she considers herself to be being used, because if not then she’s stupid, if she is then she’s stupid.

  9. According to the Sun, she said: “I don’t believe sexuality is an issue now.” This jenny-come-lately should tell that to the family and friends of the gay men getting their heads kicked in all over the country. Foolish, Tory stooge. Cameron apologised when he’d lost the battle and voted to keep Section 28. vote Tory by all means if you wish, but don’t kid yourself this bigotted, homophobic party, the auto-proclaimed ‘nasty party’, has shifted a jot in relation to gay people.

  10. This is the new Tory party is it? All inclusive and cuddly.

    Putting up a lesbian candidate in a seat where she doesn’t stand a cat in hell’s chance of winning stinks of tokenism of the worst kind.

    She should be ashamed of herself.

  11. Sister Mary Clarence 11 Nov 2009, 4:04pm

    Have any of you Labour trolls actually taken a look at the state of the country then?

  12. As with all window dressing, you cannot hide your goods entirely . . .

  13. Sister Mary Clarence 11 Nov 2009, 6:43pm

    No you’re right John, eventually the ecomony collapses, people lose their homes and their job, crime rates soar, and the country loses all sense of social responsibility and morality.

    Thankfully there’s an opportunity to sort it all out next May.

  14. @Charles (10) – Yes, the Conservatives have selected a lesbian to fight a seat less winnable than others.

    However, the Party has already selected dozens of openly LGBT candidates for the next General Election, many in very winnable seats. The Party Vice Chair, Margot James, is openly lesbian & likely to be the next MP for Stourbridge, openly-gay Iain Stewart only needs a 1% swing to become the next MP for Milton Keynes South. And that is just to name two. On top of this there are already THREE openly gay Conservative shadow ministers.

    Not a sign of tokenism but true commitment for the LGBT community and a great sign for the furtherance of LGBT equality under a Conservative Government.

  15. @ 14 – What are you? A walking talking billboard advertisement for the Tory party? You missed the “elect two for the price of one” line.

  16. Brian Burton 16 Nov 2009, 6:19pm

    If anyone thinks that there will be any real significant gay break-through in the Tory party now or during the next election is living in cloud-coockoo land. Ask IDS?

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