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3:56 PM — The MP who described equal marriage as “completely nuts” has withdrawn his private member’s bill for a referendum on the issue.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
Spot the difference? Tory MP switches Twitter profile pic to Matt Damon as Liberace’s lover 2
7:37 PM — Tory MP Michael Fabricant, who has consistently voted for gay rights has changed his Twitter profile picture to an image of Matt Damon as Liberace's lover from this year's Hollywood biopic about the flamboyant star.
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.
10th September 2013
Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans re-arrested on two further indecent assault allegations
2:11 PM — The openly gay Conservative MP Nigel Evans has been arrested on suspicion of two more counts of indecent assault.
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.
17th July 2013
Tory MP Mike Freer: If gay people pay the same contributions, their pension rights must be the same 5
7:23 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer raised the issue of pensions inequality during Tuesday’s same-sex marriage debate and said it was right to settle the discrepancy “whatever the cost”.
Sir Gerald Howarth: The ‘wretched’ equal marriage bill was ‘bulldozed’ through Parliament 73
6:46 PM — Sir Gerald Howarth, who famously warned of “aggressive homosexuals”, could not hide his disappointment whilst speaking in the Commons during Tuesday’s same-sex marriage debate.
16th July 2013
Tory MP David Burrowes denies last-ditch attempt to ‘frustrate’ equal marriage bill 64
4:21 PM — Conservative MP David Burrowes has once again been accused of trying to delay implementation of the same-sex marriage bill after he tabled an amendment that seeks to force the government to hold individual public consultations for changes to secondary legislation.