Thursday, February 18, 2010
Tories Go For the Gay Vote
The Tory Party's high command have come a long way since the notorious Section 28 of the Local Government Act. Now, one of their front bench spokesmen, Nick Herbert, has delivered a speech on gay equality in Washington DC. Herbert, gay and married thus, notes that the Tories may have more openly gay MPs on their benches after the next election than Labour, and posits the view that "The Left don't own the gay vote". Conservative Home give full coverage to his speech, although the comments suggest a more mixed view from Tory supporters and members. Nonetheless, Herbert's approach fits in with Cameron's social liberalism, and challenges the authoritarian morality of earlier Conservative leaderships.