Saturday 27 May 2017

The Tories are still accepting support from "gay cure" promoters

The Tories are defending a razor slim majority of just 733 in Eastbourne, Their candidate Caroline Ansell is backed by a homophobic "gay cure" promoting organisation called Christian Action Research and Education (CARE).

Ansell has accepted an intern from CARE between September 2016 and June 2017, which means this "gay cure" promoting organisation is providing financial support to the Tory candidate during the general election campaign.

It's quite extraordinary that Ansell, and Tory high command, considered this acceptable after the scandal of 20 MPs accepting donations from this organisation back in 2012.

Ansell's main rival in Eastbourne is the Lib-Dem Stephen Lloyd who was the MP between 2010 and 2015, but lost his seat due to the backlash over their support for Cameron's government (why vote Lib-Dem to get a Tory government when you can just vote Tory?).

I'm dubious about the Lib-Dems current pledge not to prop up another Tory government (tuition fees anyone?), but a Lib-Dem you're not sure you can trust is surely a whole lot better than a Tory who is backed by some dodgy "gay cure" promoting outfit isn't it?

Lloyd is going to have a real fight on his hands because (as in scores of other constituencies) the Ukippers have decided not to field a candidate in Eastbourne order to rig the general election in Theresa May's favour.

Let's hope the non-bigots in Eastbourne come out in force to show Caroline Ansell and her "gay cure" mates the door on June 8th.

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