Ann Widdecombe, MP for Maidstone and the Weald, warned a Bournemouth church on Saturday that new equality laws could see Christians being sued.

Widdecombe, 62, who has a strong religious background, was the main speaker at the debate ’Christianity in Public life’ in Bournemouth over the weekend.

She expressed her feelings that the new movements could see the loss of free speech, which would be a first time in modern history.

During a question and answer session, she said: “For the first time in this country we are being obliged as citizens to do things which are against our conscience.

“The other thing is that you can now have the police on your doorstep, but not for something that you have done, but for the views that you have expressed.”

She was apparently referring to legislation contained in the Equality Bill and other laws around inciting homophobic hatred.

The MP cited examples of Christian printers refusing to print gay Pride march leaflets and of a Christian couple questioned by police for asking to leave Christian leaflets in a council register office used for civil partnerships.

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