There are still 17 MPs yet to make a statement about this. See my list here!
I’ll have to send this PN story to my MP Steve Webb (lib Dems) pensions minister.
Gordon MacDonald, a politician in the West of Scotland who repeatedly stands for the LibDems for both the Westminster and Holyrood parliaments, works for CARE. Quite how the LibDems manage to continue to put him forward, heaven knows, especially since last year the LibDems had a manifesto commitment to marriage equality which he seemed to expect not to have to support.
Tim Farron, who is President of the Lib Dems has declared receipt of material support from the charity, in the form of an intern paid by CARE, over a considerable period.
I made this schedule to show the dates upon which an entry was made in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests :
You can use it to cross reference back to the relevant update to the register, which are all online here :
The more recent entries show the financial sums paid, the older entries dont. If you are a constituent of an MP who has accepted an intern from CARE I hope you will contact them to ask why.
Here is a link to the conference flier from 2009 which shows the CARE logo and the fact they co-sponsored the event. The agenda includes
Therapeutic approaches to and understandings of Same-Sex Attraction
Mentoring the sexually broken
WOW! , a british mp with integrity and dignity. Indeed a rare quality. Shame David Lammy is not Labours mayoral candidate rather than the controversial livingstone.
CARE and Burrowes denied it is a lobby group and said it has no influence on policy. Burrows is a barefaced liar and CARE and him are homophobic to the bone. CARE has no place in the British Parliament and their so called interns should be booted out.
Lammy’s not broken all links with evaneglical Christian groups opposed to equality. He still supports the Haringey Peace Alliance, which is far more intolerable of us than groups like CARE. As always, Lammy does what’s best for, er, Lammy!
Really – in that case he is a liar and a hypocritical scumbag.
Is he breaking all ties with these extremist groups.
if not then David Lammy needs to be regarded as an ally of extremist homophobes.
Why can’t people like Burrows put their money where their mouthes are and stand on a religious/theocratic platform? It seems they prefer to piggy back into the Westminster on the back of a mainstream political party from where they can abuse their position to impose their religious views and of course benefit from the troughing. Some of these religious people are amazingly materialistic you know. You won’t find many vows of poverty amongst these devotees.
“My record on gay rights stands for itself ”
But Mr Lammy’s record now states that he has employed homophobic religious extremists.
That’s part of your record Mr Lammy.
What is David Lammy doing to ensure that official Labour Party policy is marriage equality.
What is Lammy doing to ensure that marriage equality is law within the year 2012 (he does accept doesn’t he that the ‘consultation’ on equality is unnecessary and just a delaying tactic, and the that date 2015 for equality is completely unacceptable as equaliy is required immediately.
By the way what were these religious extremists doing in his employ?
Specifics I mean.
I support what Lammy has done and has a good record.
David Lammy has no influence over the government’s timing of delaying a bill, which Labour has already criticised. I don’t see any justification for delay – once you’ve made the decision in principle you should proceed fairly quickly. Stonewall’s draft bill shows it need not be complicated. There are a couple of ends that do need tying up (like what do you do about Civil Partnership and what is the mechanism to convert one to another and so on). This can be dealt with fairly quickly though.
Neither can he do anything to make marriage equality the position of the Labour party – it already is and there is no controversy on the issue, so far as I can see.
The only thing Lammy needs to do is support the Bill which (I am glad to see) he has said he will do as soon as the Government pulls its finger out and prints the Bill.
He can condemn the fact that marriage equality is not officical Labour Party policy.
He can condemn as unncessary this obscene ‘consultation’ on marriage equality (as IF our civil rights are negotiable).
He could be doing a LOT more than he is.
I suspect he won’t – he has only sacked these religious extremist bigots because he got caught.
He has seriously damaged his reputation among LGBT voters through his own negligence.
He better do something to repair the damage. No LGBT person can trust a candidate who employs homophobic extremists.
Well done David Lammy MP. Keep it up, change the rest of your policies and you could be a LibDem MP