Lord Ashcroft: The Tories need to apologise ‘for the way gay marriage was introduced’
Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft believes the leadership of the Tory party needs to offer a “sincere apology” for equal marriage if it’s to reconnect with its grassroots members.
The former deputy chairman of the party said it was one of several polices to have damaged support among many Tory voters who had now flocked to UKIP.
The Conservatives have a year to “reconnect with these supporters”, Lord Ashcroft said on Saturday.
“This will probably mean a swallowing of pride with a sincere apology for the way gay marriage was introduced and, perhaps, an admission that HS2 is not the right policy, and immigration is not under control,” he added.
The journalist and political commentator suggested it was wrong to call UKIP supporters bigots or “racist”.
Another poll, commissioned by the anti-gay Coalition for Marriage days before last week’s local and European elections, found that 23% of Tory supporters felt same-sex marriage was a reason not to vote for the party.
UKIP remains opposed to equal marriage.
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