15th April 2014
Tory in ‘sex party’ expenses row ‘banned’ from standing as 2015 parliamentary candidate 4
2:53 PM — The former head of a Tory research unit has been banned from standing as a party candidate at the 2015 general election, having been accused of using public money to fund a sex party.
14th April 2014
UK: Expense probe launched into alleged ‘gay sex party’ at Tory conference 5
6:35 PM — The expenses watchdog is looking into claims that an alleged 'gay sex party' at the Conservative party conference was partly paid for using public money.
Tory MP Michael Fabricant: Lynton Crosby didn’t get my joke about having a relationship with a llama 6
5:55 PM — Michael Fabricant says his recent departure as Tory vice chairman all goes back to a joke designed to highlight his pro-gay credentials, which failed to amuse Lynton Crosby.
7th March 2014
Tory Vice Chair: ‘I am surprised and alarmed’ at New Look’s policy excluding same-sex couples 3
6:22 PM — The Vice Chair of the Conservative Party Michael Fabricant has become the latest to weigh in on a staff discount policy at retail giant New Look, which may be in breach of the Equality Act by "indirectly discriminating" against gay couples.
7th February 2014
Gay Tory becomes leader of Trafford Council, aged 26 8
12:16 PM — A gay Conservative in Trafford has become one of the youngest people to lead a council in Britain.
5th February 2014
Lord Tebbit: Tim Yeo’s ‘dodgy’ support for equal marriage contributed to his downfall 23
4:36 PM — Former Conservative Party chairman Lord Tebbit says Tim Yeo's "dodgy" views, such as supporting equal marriage, contributed to his de-selection.
4th February 2014
Lib Dem MEP blasts Tories and UKIP for not backing LGBT roadmap 3
4:19 PM — Liberal Democrat MEP Baroness Sarah Ludford has criticised Tory and UKIP MEPs for abstaining over European proposals to tackle LGBT discrimination.
31st January 2014
Anti-gay Tory MP Anne McIntosh deselected by local association 26
6:54 PM — Conservative MP Anne McIntosh, who voted against a string of equality measures, including same-sex marriage, has been de-selected by her local party association.
20th January 2014
Lord Tebbit: Denis Thatcher would have never allowed a gay sex scandal at Downing Street 14
7:24 PM — In paying tribute to Lord McAlpine, who died at the weekend, Lord Tebitt touched upon Sir Denis Thatcher’s attitude towards homosexuality as just one of many reasons why false allegations made against Lord McAlpine in 2012 never had validity.
6th January 2014
Comment: The Tories should not withdraw Britain from the European Convention on Human Rights 32
7:16 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Professor Robert Wintemute warns against plans by the Conservative Party to withdraw Britain from European arrangements protecting human rights as it could have serious repressions for the LGBT community.
27th December 2013
UK: Tory councillor to stand down because of David Cameron’s decision to legalise equal marriage 37
3:53 PM — A councillor in Essex says Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to legalise equal marriage in England and Wales is a key reason why he will be standing down at the next election.
12th December 2013
Exclusive: Tory minister Baroness Warsi: I was ‘on the wrong side of history’ on gay rights 79
1:44 PM — Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Baroness Warsi has defended her decision to abstain in this summer's House of Lords vote on the same-sex marriage act for England and Wales, adding that she is "still on a journey" when it comes to issues of gay equality.
22nd November 2013
Michael Portillo: David Cameron took an ‘enormous risk’ with equal marriage 6
2:28 PM — Former Conservative MP Michael Portillo says David Cameron took an “enormous risk” with his own party in legalising equal marriage for England and Wales.
20th November 2013
Matthew d’Ancona: ‘Homophobic dinosaurs in the Tory party are far from being extinct’ 7
2:36 PM — Journalist Matthew d’Ancona says the fact that MP Crispin Blunt was forced to undergo a reselection process because a minority of Tory activists in his constituency had a problem with his sexuality should alarm Tory modernisers.
19th November 2013
Tory Chairman Grant Shapps asks Miliband about links to Paul Flowers 10
7:01 PM — Tory Chairman Grant Shapps has written to Labour leader Ed Miliband over revelations gay former Co-op banking chairman Paul Flowers resigned from Bradford Council in 2011 after "inappropriate but not illegal adult content" was found on a computer he used.
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.
8th November 2013
Philip Hammond: I was ‘shocked’ David Cameron legalised equal marriage so quickly 22
3:33 PM — Defence Secretary Philip Hammond was “shocked” by the legalisation of equal marriage for England and Wales – but has conceded that he will eventually be “quite comfortable” with the reform.
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.
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.
4th October 2013
George Osborne compares equal marriage to the removal of slavery 37
5:33 PM — At this week’s Tory conference, Chancellor George Osborne told delegates that equal marriage “is a very powerful part of the Conservative story”.