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The letter accuses Whips of threatening an MP with withdrawal of party support for opposing equal marriage (Image: Guido Fawkes)

6:27 PM — In a letter sent to peers ahead of next week's second reading of the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill, a group of MPs have accused party Whips of threatening the careers of MPs opposed to equal marriage, despite there being a free vote on the Bill in the House of Commons.

  • Labour fear late night House of Lords vote could threaten equal marriage bill 27

    Peers will debate the marriage bill on Monday

    6:21 PM — Shadow equalities minister Baroness Glenys Thornton says David Cameron has been “absolutely brilliant" in his support for equal marriage, but warns a late night vote in the House of Lords next week could put the same-sex marriage bill at risk.

  • 27th May 2013

    Mike Freer: Government warnings on equal pensions for same-sex couples are a red herring 8

    Mike Freer: 'This is a stark example of why the rights between civil partners and those in marriages aren't the same'

    5:27 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has criticised the same-sex marriage bill for failing to address pension inequalities. He says he hopes to table an amendment through an ally in the House of Lords.

  • 23rd May 2013

    Peter Tatchell: ‘I may disagree with David Cameron on austerity, but on equal marriage I salute him’ 16

    Peter Tatchell: 'David Cameron is to be commended for bringing forward this legislation'

    4:40 PM — Peter Tatchell has warm praise for Prime Minister David Cameron, for “sticking to his guns” on equal marriage in the face of considerable opposition from his own party

  • David Cameron called ‘marriage wrecker’ and warned of ‘long battle’ over equal marriage in House of Lords 49

    David Cameron was accused of being a "marriage wrecker" by the Coalition for Marriage

    2:09 AM — Equal marriage opponents have called David Cameron a "marriage wrecker", over equal marriage, and warned that a bill to legalise it will face a "long, protracted battle", in the House of Lords.

  • 22nd May 2013

    Scottish Lib Dem leader urges Scotland to follow England’s lead on equal marriage 10

    Willie Rennie: 'It’s important that Scotland isn’t left behind'

    4:44 PM — Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has urged the Scottish Government to press ahead with plans to introduce equal marriage in light of last night’s vote at Westminster.

  • Diane Abbott: ‘Momentous’ equal marriage bill will improve the lives of so many 8

    Diane Abbott commended the equal marriage bill, noting its importance in the everyday life of 'ordinary people'

    12:47 AM — Shadow public health minister Diane Abbott made an impassioned speech in the lead up to the vote on the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, following its third reading today, in which she described it as "a momentous piece of legislation".

  • 21st May 2013

    MPs who voted against the third reading of the equal marriage bill 52

    The figures do not include tellers

    10:27 PM — 128 Conservative MPs voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill as part of its third reading on Tuesday evening – along with 14 MPs from Labour and 4 Lib Dems.

  • MPs pass same-sex marriage bill in final third reading 52

    The vote took place on Tuesday evening

    7:15 PM — MPs have voted 366 - 161 overwhelmingly in favour of passing the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) – in its third reading in the House of Commons.

  • 20th May 2013

    Gay Tory MP Crispin Blunt: ‘David Cameron is going through a fire with his colleagues in order to deliver equal marriage’ 5

    Crispin Blunt is a stronger supporter of equal marriage

    10:41 AM — In an exclusive interview with, Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, says David Cameron has shown “fantastic leadership” on equal marriage. The MP also comments on today’s start of the third reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, and Ph­­­ilip Hammond’s recent criticism.

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