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Cornwall: Tory deputy chair Sarah Newton defends abstaining in equal marriage Commons vote

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  1. So what you’re saying in essence Sarah is that lots more swivel eyed loons lobbied you than sane rational people and that’s what guided your decision ?
    Riiight :-then if , say as a ballpark figure 1001 people demanded you put forward a bill rescinding women’s right to vote and 1000 requested you not to ; you’d go with the majority ? ‘ cause that’s what you did over gay marriage! .Equality isn’t a numbers game you brainless simplistic twat

  2. Silly bitch. Can’t she recognise a letter-writing campaign when she sees one?

  3. Thankfully, this clueless numpty has a majority of just 0.89%

    She won’t be troubling us again

    1. We can but hope!

  4. I’ve got some admiration for her. She is one of the few people who will do what she perceives is her constituencies will. You cannot fault the ones who wrote to her, even if it was a letter writing campaign. You should fault those that are in agreement with the marriage amendment for not writing in to her. Perhaps the only thing she needs to do is go out and find what the people she represents think, instead of waiting for them to tell her.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 23 May 2013, 4:46pm

      Yes and no. There was indeed a lack of pro-activism on our part, I’ll concede that, but it’s also quite possible there are fewer gay voters in her district as opposed to those who urged her to vote no. It’s not so black and white. If this had been a bill to ban abortion, divorce, overturn a woman’s right to vote and her constituents wanted the legislation to be passed, can she honestly say she would accede to their wishes?

      No, this has more to do with her own personal beliefs about gays and the Marriage Bill which she had no intention of voting for anyway. Let me give you an example. Tory MP Peter Luff received far more letters urging him to vote against the bill than those who supported it. Some of the letters were apparently vile and disturbing, yet he voted for the bill. Newton is being very disingenuous, no back-bone. She’ll probably be gone in the next election, good riddance.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 23 May 2013, 5:07pm

        Also, Someone…abstainers are usually one of three things. Those who want to safeguard their seats in an unsafe district or don’t want to incur the wrath of those who support the bill, or are personally opposed but don’t have the guts to actually say it.

        1. I’d go with gutless.

          1. Robert in S. Kensington 23 May 2013, 5:23pm

            Well, I did allude to that in my last sentence, but you’re right too.

          2. Peter & Michael 23 May 2013, 6:18pm

            We agree ! Hope you bearing up ?

  5. Robert in S. Kensington 23 May 2013, 5:21pm

    I also noticed Harriet Harman’s name was absent from the list who voted Tuesday night. I wonder what that was all about. I tweeted her and am waiting for a response.

    1. don’t hold your breath mate

  6. Peter & Michael 23 May 2013, 6:15pm

    Our MP Edward Timpson also abstained, and most from the surrounding area of Cheshire voted against too, thankfully, the Labour vote came to our rescue. It will not be the Equal Marriage Act that will cause a Conservative defeat at the next election, the so called ‘bedroom tax’ and companies not paying their fair share of tax will see to that!

  7. adrian hill 23 May 2013, 7:08pm

    So we have MPs who are paid to have the interest of all our community yet can say who they will or not help very wrong.So as most MPs across the parties act childish and endorse there own discrimination yet do nothing of the members of the CHURCH that commit sex crimes against children I totally BLAME each one of you for allowing a party like UKIP emerge because of your own discrimination

  8. She abstained cos a church hall full of bigots told her too. Guess that’s democracy

  9. Abstaining = cowards way out!

    1. Not much better than those who don’t vote are the MP’s who cast votes in both lobbies (euphemistically called “active abstention”).

  10. Don’t want to hear your excuses sideing with bigots on a matter of equality /apartheid is wrong you are no better than them

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