The Conservative Party’s LGBT group, LGBTory, has this week written to Peter Bone to point out inaccuracies he made on the Murnaghan programme recently. Mr Bone, who is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Wellingborough, was featured on the show following his criticism of David Cameron’s stance in supporting the extension of civil marriage to include same-sex couples.
During the programme, Mr Bone shared his view that same-sex marriage should be included in an election manifesto to give a clear mandate for such a change in the law.
However, LGBTory have pointed out that same-sex marriage actually WAS mentioned in the documents which made up the 2010 manifesto of the Conservative Party and the group wanted to put him straight on this.
In a letter penned this week, LGBTory said:
“During your appearance you made a forceful argument that you believe same-sex marriage should be included in a Party’s General Election Manifesto and claimed that no Party did that in the run-up to the 2010 General Election. However, we would like to point out that this is an inaccurate statement.”
The letter went on to quote the relevant section of the Conservative Party’s ‘Contract for Equalities’, published prior to the 2010 election, which clearly states that “We will also consider the case for changing the law to allow civil partnerships to be called and classified as marriage”.
Commenting for LGBTory, Chairman Matthew Sephton said:
“The fact is that same-sex marriage was explicitly mentioned in the Conservative Party’s 2010 manifesto documents and the Conservatives were the only one of the main three Parties to include it. The move towards same-sex civil marriage is being led by a Conservative Prime Minister and we will be working with him at all stages to ensure his wish to see this on the statute books by 2015 is realised.”