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Crispin Blunt reselected as Tory MP following deselection attempt after he came out as gay

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  1. Good for Crispin Blunt and good for the constituency’s rank & file Tories.

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 18 Nov 2013, 5:46pm

    Well done Crispin Blunt. Doesn’t say much for the opponents of equal marriage who said they’d vote them out for supporting it.

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 18 Nov 2013, 5:46pm

    Well done Crispin Blunt. Doesn’t say much for the opponents of equal marriage who said they’d vote MPs out for supporting it.

  4. I actually (vaguely) know Crispin – or more precisely knew him. WHat he did was very brave and of course he was right to come out as he did. I don’t agree with his politics, but I salute him for what he did

  5. de Villiers 18 Nov 2013, 6:07pm

    > “You don’t have to go out and tell people you have got homosexual tendencies – that sort of thing you know. It is a private matter and it shouldn’t have been put in the public domain. He put it in the public domain.”

    Ugh.

    1. Newstead’s words are exactly the sort of thing we hear regularly from local Tories in the area in which I live!

      But these bigots are all over the damn country, not just in Reigate.

      1. de Villiers 19 Nov 2013, 10:35am

        He’s wrong but not necessarily malicious. Such positions are changed more by them discovering someone gay within their family or friends than outright condemnation.

  6. Whenever I see the comment ‘I am a Christian ‘, I automatically translate it as, I am a bigot!.

    1. Beelzeebub 19 Nov 2013, 9:17am

      You forgot “irrational”, “pre-programmed” and “unthnking”

  7. Is there any hard evidence that the deselection attempt was due to his coming out, other than a couple of people saying they think it was, or could it have something to do with the fact that while serving as parliamentary undersecretary at the Ministry of Justice, he contributed to the demise of what used to be a highly skilled profession (court/police interpreting) by allowing the cancer that is Crapita to replace dedicated, highly talented professionals with fakes who aren’t up to the job, sparking investigations by two parliamentary committees which are still ongoing, or the unfortunate occasion when he was told to stop claiming thousands in expenses for his London home as reported in the Telegraph? (He actually had the gall to accuse court interpreters, who were not highly paid, of milking the system!) Those would both be good reasons to deselect him. To all those of you who simply took this article as read: please think about this man’s track record before you jump to conclusions!

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 18 Nov 2013, 9:56pm

      Say what you will and regardless of what Blunt may or may not have done, more than half of the Tories are homophobic bigots and religious nutters. They really outdid themselves to prove it when more than half voted against equal marriage.

      Newstead is one of those Tory bigots who thinks we should all stay in the closet and keep our mouths shut. Sorry, but when straights stop exhibiting heterosexual tendencies by holding hands and showing affection in public which is tantamount to shoving their sexual orientation down our throats then perhaps we’ll do the same.

  8. Roger Newstead’s “You don’t have to go out and tell people you have got homosexual tendencies – that sort of thing you know” proves, yet again, that the Tory party remains home to a large number of frightful and worrying homophobes.

  9. GulliverUK 18 Nov 2013, 8:08pm

    Ancient tribal bigoted homophobic loonies pawned 5 to 1, despite them saying most people were against him standing. Look at the demographics of local Tory associations, it’s like an home for the infirm and unsound of mind. Racists, misogynists, xenophobes, zealots, it’s like an classier version of the BNP. Modernisation hasn’t worked, yet, and is probably going to take another decade. Mother Nature will take care of some of it, Cameron and his successor must take care of the rest. The party is still shockingly homophobic. It’s 2013 FFS !

    1. Hmmm… you’ve completely devalued your post by adding a couple of nasty sideswipes against older people (‘Ancient…) and those who happen to be frail (‘Infirm…’).

      Rather sad to see one minority attacking two other minorities.

      In any case, the fact that the local Tories voted OVERWHELMINGLY IN FAVOUR of re-selecting an openly gay MP makes a nonsense of all your claims. You’ve really got your wires crossed this time !

    2. Gulliver please grow up – your shockingly ageist comments place you in exactly the same camp as all the -ists, phobes and zealots you decry. I sincerely hope you are not eagerly anticipating the day when ‘mother nature’ carries off your older relatives or that anyone in your family that are ‘infirm or of unsound mind’ that ‘need taking care of’ – sounds chillingly like a National Socialist Party philosophy from 1930s Germany to me.

  10. I’m glad he was so massively reaffirmed as the candidate but the story shows that bigots still have their hands on the levers of power at all levels of the Tory Party, even if the actively mischievous ones are a minority.

  11. When I read this, I just thought – wow – they really are old fossils. Not sure why anyone would want to be part of that but, ‘You don’t have to go out and tell people you have got homosexual tendencies – that sort of thing you know” reveals a lot.

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