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Tory Whip: I never said equal marriage would be ‘kicked into the long grass’

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  1. Sounds like Naomi King has making things up to suit her anti-equality agenda doesn’t it.

    1. My thoughts exactly

    2. GulliverUK 21 Dec 2012, 3:58pm

      Definitely. If you start spreading rumours it causes doubt, and that was undoubtedly her reason for lying. I heard the phrase “kicked in to the long grass” and was told it was Tory right-wingers. I can well imagine Chope, Leigh or some other weirdo saying it, but clearly it doesn’t fit with someone who made an Out4Marriage video just months later. She was clearly just a liar.

      But …. who is she? Apart from someone of the same name praising “Stephen Green” – which itself is pretty damning ! I mean, which group does she represent?

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 21 Dec 2012, 3:57pm

    So what, Ms King? Even if it’s true, I’m happy Desmond Swayne now supports it. People can evolve, clearly he has. Now if only the rest of them could follow suit, put aside personal religious beliefs which have no place in Parliament anyway and just do the right thing, but just a bit too much to hope for.

  3. Doesn’t sound entirely made up… Oh, he might have said it just to shut her up. Anyway, well done him for supporting equality.

  4. Craig Nelson 21 Dec 2012, 5:39pm

    I think when the comment was allegedly made there was no timetable. People say things. Now there is a commitment to intriduce a bill with a timetable. Frankly who cares what was said?

  5. This remark was accredited to the then Conservative Chief Whip-who was Patrick McLoughlin at that time.
    I don’t believe Desmond Swayne made that remark at all – in fact his position on Equal Marriage is just perfect as far as I am concerned. A rare item these days- a conservative MP to be applauded!!

    Good luck to hime.

  6. She says she is part of the CFI lobby group “Christians for Israel”. Perhaps the lobby group could be contacted to confirm the details.

    Anyway I liked the reply from Desmond to Naomi (if true) and sounds like the govt has a definite timetable to get the bill thru.

  7. In fact, the MP’s comments, as reported, are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

    He could have feared that the proposals were likely to be kicked into the long grass, while personally supporting them.

    So unless he said something else to Naomi King, she can’t claim that he has changed his view.

  8. de Villiers 22 Dec 2012, 9:03am

    > “I’ve come at this issue of equal marriage,” he continued, “principally because I am a Christian. I believe that the promises of the Gospel are unconfined: they’re for everyone, and the sacraments that follow from that should be available to everyone. That’s why, I’m Out4Marriage.”

    Yes.

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