MP Crispin Blunt: I’m proof that grassroots Tories are happy to have a gay MP 2
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.
11th November 2013
John Major: Gay marriage has proved ‘toxic’ for the Tories because some like ‘to change slowly’ 45
6:22 PM — Former prime minister Sir John Major says grassroots Tories were right to feel “unsettled” by “bewildering” changes such as equal marriage, but warns there’s “no choice but to deal with this new world."
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.
2nd October 2013
David Cameron praises gay tolerance in Tory conference speech 23
12:42 PM — Prime Minister David Cameron listed Britain’s acceptance of people who are gay as one of many reasons to be proud of the country in his keynote speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.
25th July 2013
Comment: David Cameron’s principled and courageous support for equal marriage made me become a Tory 92
12:26 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Gary Powell explains how Prime Minister David Cameron's leadership on equal marriage changed his political perceptions and was his motivation for joining the Conservative Party.
25th June 2013
Government: Marriage to be recognised in the tax system for gay and straight couples 10
3:47 PM — Treasury Minister David Gauke says the government is "firmly committed" to recognising marriage in the tax system – a move which would benefit those in civil partnerships, heterosexual and same-sex marriages.
30th May 2013
Labour says government is ‘lashing out’ at ‘poor handling’ of equal marriage bill 16
7:19 PM — The shadow minister for equalities Kate Green has accused the government of "lashing out at the Labour Party" over the "poor handling of the same-sex marriage bill".
23rd May 2013
Cornwall: Tory deputy chair Sarah Newton defends abstaining in equal marriage Commons vote 18
3:23 PM — MP Sarah Newton, also a deputy chair of the Conservative Party, is defending herself from claims she broke a promise to her constituents after abstaining in this week’s vote of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
19th May 2013
Government considers watered down same-sex marriage bill to minimise Tory rebellion 133
11:57 AM — The government is reported to be attempting to compromise with the 150 Tory MPs set to oppose the same-sex marriage bill, by considering amendments giving protection to "conscientious objectors".
14th May 2013
London: Gay former Barnet Mayor Brian Coleman facing expulsion from Tory Party 5
6:53 PM — Brian Coleman, the gay former London Assembly Member and ex-mayor of Barnet, is facing expulsion from the Conservative Party.
7th May 2013
William Hague rejects change of direction on equal marriage to tackle UKIP threat 28
2:29 PM — William Hague has rejected the suggestion that the government should change direction on issues such as equal marriage and immigration, to win back voters lost to UKIP in last week's local elections.
Senior Tory Councillor: It is a shame that some voters have gone to UKIP over equal marriage 15
1:40 PM — A senior Conservative county councillor has expressed disappointment at the fact that ballot papers in last week's local elections were spoiled by voters who voiced their opposition to equal marriage.
29th March 2013
David Cameron reshuffles anti-gay marriage Energy Minister John Hayes 14
12:48 PM — In a move designed to please disgruntled Tory backbenchers – many of whom are angry over the government’s equal marriage policy – David Cameron has made John Hayes his senior parliamentary adviser.
18th March 2013
Anti-gay Tory MPs call on David Cameron to abandon modernising agenda in video 36
11:05 AM — Several Conservative MPs have called on David Cameron to end his support for progressive policies such as equal marriage.
12th February 2013
Labour MP Chris Bryant criticises Culture Secretary Maria Miller for saying marriage is the ‘gold standard’ 35
3:40 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant has taken offence after Culture Secretary Maria Miller said marriage was the “gold standard” – with the MP claiming it devalued his own civil partnership.
8th February 2013
Tory Eastleigh by-election candidate denies making homophobic slur — but confirms she’s against equality 48
5:12 PM — The Conservative Party’s candidate for this month’s Eastleigh by-election denies saying Labour did more for “immigrants, the gays, the bloody foxes” than children with special needs.
Tory Whip Anne Milton refused to vote on same-sex marriage because she didn’t ‘feel strongly’ about it 40
1:00 PM — Conservative MP and government whip Anne Milton declined to vote this week on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) because “she did not feel "strongly about it".
Comment: Why do Europe and LGBT equality measures cause such splits in mainstream parties? 17
11:52 AM — Writing for PinkNews, Chair of LGBT+ Liberal Democrats Adrian Trett says there are political similarities when it comes to arguing the case for equality and the European Union.
7th February 2013
Tory Business Minister Michael Fallon: I was wrong to vote against equal marriage — but the Tories now have to unite 28
11:45 AM — Conservative MP and Business Minister Michael Fallon has conceded that he was wrong to vote against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) and says opponents should accept this week’s decisive Commons verdict.
5th February 2013
MPs vote 400 to 175 to pass same-sex marriage bill 120
7:15 PM — MPs have voted for the government's Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill - following an afternoon of heated debate in the House of Commons.