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Tory MP Sir Peter Bottomley: Most people support same-sex marriage and it’s not a ‘big deal’

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  1. Good man, Sir Peter. At last some perspective.

  2. That There Other David 4 Feb 2013, 6:52pm

    Exactly what I was thinking over the weekend. 22-23 people (reports conflict) are hardly the “huge Tory revolt” that the media was reporting. MPs meanwhile aren’t revolting either, because all three parties have allowed a free vote.

    So why the sensationalism? Is there really such a lack of actual news in the world?

    1. That There Other David 4 Feb 2013, 6:53pm

      All three major parties I should have written there.

      I’ll get in trouble with Plaid, SNP and Green voters ;-)

      (DUP ones I really don’t care about)

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 4 Feb 2013, 6:54pm

    Well said, Sir Peter, well done and thank you.

  4. bobbleobble 4 Feb 2013, 7:10pm

    Intelligence in the Tory party, who knew! People like Rees-Mogg and Dorries should read the words of this Tory grandee and try to wrap their heads around what’s actually going on tomorrow.

  5. Bless ya Sir Bottomley.

  6. Hurray! Mr.Bottomley has had a complete transformation to become a firm supporter of gay rights.

    Desmond Swayne is another “convertor” to our cause.

    Its absolutely miraculous!

    Truly “Damascus” moments!

  7. Robert (Kettering) 4 Feb 2013, 7:28pm

    A sane argument for once. Thank you Sir Peter for also pointing out the sheer irrelevance of those Party Chairmen yesterday. Seems the Bigots Broadcasting Corporation was clutching at straws when it broke that news.

  8. GulliverUK 4 Feb 2013, 7:30pm

    It’s nice to see he “appears” to have evolved. He voted against adoptions, for keeping Section 28 (believe that was a whipped vote), and did not vote for Civil Partnerships, but now appears to be supporting equality — or at least Conservative self-preservation – not absolutely sure which.

    http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/mp.php?mpid=40674&dmp=826

    But welcome all the same.

  9. Thank you Sir Peter, any party that allies social progression with economic responsibility is ultimately onto a winner. One without the other is damaging and unsustainable.

  10. Appalling record but making up for it now. I am mildly curious about what the process of change has actually been for these newly enlightened Tories. Some are certainly juts doing it to keep in favour with the leadership.

  11. So let’s ask the question. Why, if they are such a small minority, did they headline the BBC yesterday?

  12. Peter Bottomley spoke very well this afternoon in the Commons! I was impressed.

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