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April 27, 2010

IconTory suspended after branding gay people ‘not normal’

A Tory candidate has been sacked after writing a blog in which he described being gay as “not normal”.

Philip Lardner, a candidate for the North Ayrshire and Arran constituency in Scotland, had been standing for election prior to making the comments in his blog entitled ‘What do I believe in?’.

On the site, he said that he would tolerate “common sense equality and respect for gay people” but would not “accept that their behaviour is ‘normal’ or encourage children to indulge in it”.

His blog stated: “Christians (and most of the population) believe homosexuality to be somewhere between ‘unfortunate’ and simply ‘wrong’ and they should not be penalised for politely saying so – good manners count too, of course.

“The current ‘law’ is wrong and must be overturned in the interests of freedom as well as Christian values.”

He also revealed that he supported the controversial Section 28 amendment, which outlawed the promotion of homosexuality in schools and was repealed in 2000 in Scotland and 2003 in the rest of the UK under a Labour government.

“The promotion of homosexuality by public bodies… was correctly outlawed by Mrs Thatcher’s government. Toleration and understanding is one thing, but state-promotion of homosexuality is quite another,” he said.

Andrew Fulton, chairman of the Conservative Party in Scotland, branded the remarks as “deeply offensive and unacceptable”, announcing that Lardner had been suspended as a member of the party.

“We therefore do not support Mr Lardner’s candidacy in the North Ayrshire and Arran constituency. These views have no place in the modern Conservative Party,” he added.

Lardner’s comments have now been removed from his website.

2 Responses to Tory suspended after branding gay people ‘not normal’

  1. meagain says:

    so why are Chris Grayling, Iris Robinson and many others still there? Tut tut! Good for Scotland but England and Ireland need to get their act togehter too in my opinion!

  2. K says:

    Iris Robinson is no longer an MP, MLA, or a member of the DUP; her party membership was terminated in January 2010. Just as a matter of fact – I’m no fan of hers, the party, and a lot of change is still needed.

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