31st July 2012
‘Vocal minority’ of Tories fear equal marriage will alienate volunteers 67
4:59 PM — The chair of the body which represents volunteers in the Conservative Party and a backbench MP have voiced fears that the government's commitment to marriage equality for gay couples could alienate local activists.
25th July 2012
David Cameron warns Church of ‘repeating Tory mistakes’ with LGBT community 39
11:21 AM — Prime Minister David Cameron has "gently" warned the Church of England not to repeat mistakes he said his party had made by alienating gay people in its opposition to marriage equality for gay couples.
6th July 2012
London: Lib Dem ‘straight fight’ leaflet ‘insensitive to gay candidate’ 55
10:46 AM — Tories have complained today of a Liberal Democrat election leaflet in south-west London which described a 'straight fight' between that party's candidate and the gay Conservative also standing for the council.
2nd July 2012
Tory MP’s bill calls for partners of gay knights to receive honorary titles 64
10:00 AM — A Private Member's Bill is to be tabled at the House of Commons this week calling for honorary titles to be bestowed on the partners of gay knights and peers.
9th May 2012
Tory MP issues fresh polygamy warning over marriage equality for gays 312
4:11 PM — A Conservative MP for Yorkshire has issued a fresh warning that polygamy could be the result of marriage equality for gays.
4th May 2012
Defence minister: Equal marriage contributed to Tory local election losses 155
10:52 AM — Gerald Howarth, a junior defence minister who has spoken out against equal rights for gay couples in the armed forces and marriage equality generally says the government's proposals to allow gay and straight couples equal access to civil marriage were a contributing factor in election losses last night.
7th March 2012
UKIP: Marriage belongs to religion, not government 110
10:53 AM — UKIP has accused the government of 'picking a fight' with religious people in Britain over plans for equal civil marriage saying the issue is 'in the domain of the church and other faiths'.
24th February 2012
Labour MP charged after ‘head-butting’ gay Tory in Commons bar
11:23 AM — Labour MP Eric Joyce has been suspended and charged by police on allegations he head-butted openly gay MP Stuart Andrew in a House of Commons bar, months after Andrew spoke to the House about being the victim of an attack.
16th December 2011
Christopher Hitchens dies after cancer battle, aged 62 38
1:21 PM — Atheist author and journalist Christopher Hitchens died last night, aged 62, at a hospital in Texas after suffering from pneumonia brought on by oesophageal cancer. In 2009, Hitchens, a vocal supporter of gay rights, revealed in his memoirs he had gay liaisons at Oxford with men who later became Tory politicians.
21st November 2011
Tory peers “planning to oppose” rules for civil partnerships on religious premises 144
12:27 PM — New rules allowing religious establishments to hold civil partnerships are reportedly criticised for not giving enough protection to those which do not want to hold ceremonies.
13th October 2011
Tory MEP Roger Helmer quits 50
3:09 PM — Conservative MEP Roger Helmer, who has been accused of homophobia, has resigned. Mr Helmer, who last year angered gay campaigners with a tweet about 'gay cure' therapy, said there are "far too many" areas of Conservative policy he can no longer agree with.
20th September 2011
Lesbian would-be Tory leader Ruth Davidson wants more faith schools 157
5:15 PM — MSP Ruth Davidson, who hopes to become the next leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, says she would back more faith schools.
1st February 2011
Tory MP says Gareth Thomas inspired him to come out 16
4:08 PM — Tory MP and deputy Speaker Nigel Evans says Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas inspired him to announce he is gay. His sexuality was an open secret around Westminster but Mr Evans decided to come out fully in December.
27th January 2011
Ken Livingstone accused of hypocrisy for earning money from anti-gay Iran 23
1:51 PM — London mayor candidate Ken Livingstone has been criticised for earning thousands of pounds for his work as a presenter for an Iranian TV channel.
Another gay couple sue B&B which turned them away 46
11:46 AM — A second gay couple are suing a bed and breakfast which barred them from sharing a room. Michael Black, 63, and John Morgan, 58, have begun legal proceedings against the Swiss B&B in Berkshire, after owners Susanne and Mike Wilkinson denied them a double room last March.
26th January 2011
Tory MP removes blog comments about ‘gay lessons’ 17
10:35 AM — A Conservative MP who attacked gay-inclusive lessons as “ludicrous” has removed his blog post. Richard Drax, who represents South Dorset, had claimed that the lessons would impose "questionable sexual standards" on children.
25th January 2011
Tory MP says schools are imposing ‘questionable sexual standards’ on pupils 20
5:37 PM — Another Conservative MP has attacked plans to encourage schools to include references to gay people in maths, science and geography. South Dorset MP Richard Drax said the voluntary lesson plans were "ludicrous" and would impose "questionable sexual standards" on children.
New Tory MP: ‘There can’t be widespread discrimination if gays earn more than straights’ 50
3:57 PM — A new Tory MP who made headlines with his attack on "feminist bigots" has also questioned how the country can be "riddled with discrimination" if gay people earn more than their straight counterparts. Dominic Raab, the 37-year-old MP for Esher and Walton in Surrey, claimed that men should start "burning their briefs" in protest at the "raw deal" they get compared to women.
20th January 2011
Tory peer who said schools ‘promote homosexuality’ says Islamophobia is seen as socially acceptable 87
1:43 PM — Tory minister Baroness Warsi says Islamophobia is "socially acceptable" and has passed the "dinner party test". In a speech she is to give today at the University of Leicester, the peer will also warn against describing Muslims as "moderate" or "extremist".
17th January 2011
Updated: Tory gay group attacks MEP for gay therapy Tweet 49
1:47 PM — The Conservative Party's affiliated gay group, LGBTory, has criticised a Tory MEP for remarks about so-called 'ex-gay' therapy.