30th December 2013
Tory MP Tim Loughton: The government was ‘crass and clumsy’ on same-sex marriage 27
4:23 PM — Former children’s minister Tim Loughton has described the government’s handling of the same-sex marriage law for England and Wales as “rather crass and clumsily” executed.
16th December 2013
Tory Vice Chair: BBC ban on Graham Norton’s AIDS ribbon is ‘extraordinary’ 13
5:58 PM — The Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party has tabled a parliamentary question for Culture Secretary Maria Miller over the BBC’s “extraordinary” decision to discipline Graham Norton for wearing a red ribbon on his chat show for World AIDS Day.
1st December 2013
Public Health Minister: Gay men need to be aware of HIV and testing is essential 6
12:44 PM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews, Public Health Minister Jane Ellison says she’s in favour of looking at new ways for gay and bisexual men to test for HIV, such as in gyms and bars, because she wants testing to become an “ordinary mainstream activity”.
27th November 2013
Tory MP Simon Kirby tells David Cameron that he’s tested for HIV as part of HIV Testing Week 2
1:21 PM — Conservative MP Simon Kirby has urged David Cameron to support efforts to increase HIV testing at today’s PMQs, with the MP saying that he’d undertaken an HIV test in Brighton as part of HIV Testing Week.
25th November 2013
Tory MP Peter Bone: There was ‘no point’ in pressing ahead with my same-sex marriage referendum 22
11:33 AM — Conservative MP Peter Bone has explained to PinkNews.co.uk his reasons for withdrawing a private member’s bill, which had called for a referendum on England and Wales’ same-sex marriage law.
22nd November 2013
Tory MP Peter Bone withdraws bill for referendum on equal marriage 6
3:56 PM — The MP who described equal marriage as “completely nuts” has withdrawn his private member’s bill for a referendum on the issue.
19th November 2013
Minister says Tories must ‘shout’ about things like equal marriage to win 2015 majority 6
6:23 PM — The Conservative Party cannot secure a majority unless it wins around new voters by “shouting from the rooftops” about its support for policies such as equal marriage, Minister for Planning Nick Boles has said.
MP Crispin Blunt: I’m proof that grassroots Tories are happy to have a gay MP 5
4:23 PM — Conservative MP Crispin Blunt writes exclusively for PinkNews on what it feels like to be overwhelmingly reselected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Reigate – in a campaign that was forced upon him by a small minority who had a problem with his sexuality.
4th November 2013
Tory MP Stuart Andrew: Homophobia in electoral campaigning is unacceptable 4
6:38 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Conservative MP Stuart Andrew says the public should be given greater tools in being able to report incidents of homophobia in electoral campaigning.
24th October 2013
Tory MP Mike Freer speaks of delight at winning PinkNews Award 1
6:59 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer says he was thrilled to win Parliamentary Speech of the Year at the PinkNews Awards.
16th October 2013
Anti-gay marriage MP Nadine Dorries comes bottom in deputy speaker race 15
5:52 PM — Conservative MP Nadine Dorries, who rallied against the same-sex marriage act, has come last in the contest to replace Nigel Evans as one of the House of Commons’ deputy speakers.
7th October 2013
Boris Johnson urges Tory activists to reselect gay MP Crispin Blunt 1
7:18 PM — Boris Johnson says he hopes gay MP Crispin Blunt is reselected as the 2015 Tory candidate for Reigate and has quashed speculation that he was eyeing up the seat for a possible return to Parliament.
Tory MP Helen Grant remains equalities minister but with extra responsibility for sport 4
3:44 PM — As part of today’s reshuffle, Conservative MP Helen Grant will remain as a junior equalities minister, but with the added responsibility of being Minister for Sport.
4th October 2013
Vociferous equal marriage opponent Nadine Dorries to stand as deputy speaker 19
4:06 PM — Following the resignation of Nigel Evans, Conservative MP Nadine Dorries, who rallied against the same-sex marriage act, is to stand in the contest to be Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.
26th September 2013
Tory MP Crispin Blunt faces re-selection challenge because association members ‘don’t want a gay MP’ 14
4:36 PM — Tory MP Crispin Blunt says he's "disappointed" to have been forced to reapply as the Conservative candidate for his parliamentary seat of Reigate in Surrey.
18th September 2013
Gay MP Nigel Evans appears in court over sex charges
10:54 AM — Nigel Evans, the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, has made his first court appearance after being charged with sex offences.
20th August 2013
Tory Commons Education Committee Chair calls for updated guidance on Section 28 11
11:52 AM — Commons Education Committee Chairman Graham Stuart has called for updated guidelines following revelations scores of schools have polices in place targeting the “promotion” of homosexuality.
9th August 2013
Conservative MP Mike Weatherley calls on David Cameron to speak out against Russia’s anti-gay laws 5
2:17 PM — Conservative MP Mike Weatherley has written a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron stating "Britain, as a bastion of gay rights, has a duty not to stay silent over Russia’s appalling treatment of LGBT people."
Tory MP Simon Kirby calls on Foreign Secretary to condemn Russian Government’s treatment of LGBT people 16
10:54 AM — Conservative MP Simon Kirby has written a letter to Foreign Secretary William Hague urging him to "lead in the international condemnation of the Russian Government's treatment of LGBT people."
8th August 2013
Tory MP Mike Freer: Putin must be told to scrap anti-gay laws or risk losing Winter Olympics 10
1:19 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has told PinkNews that he would like the International Olympic Committee to consider moving the 2014 Winter Olympics from Russia.