Speeches in Parliament

LGBTory patron, Mike Freer, speech in support of Equal Marriage Bill

3.46 pm Mike Freer (Finchley and Golders Green) (Con): I thought long and hard about seeking to speak in the debate. I feared the tone of it and how colleagues would seek to oppose the Bill. When they talk about gay marriage making them physically sick, or suggest that it is a step towards legalising polygamy or incest—

LGBTory patron, Margot James, speaks to support the Equal Marriage Bill

2.51 pm Margot James (Stourbridge) (Con): It is an honour to follow the hon. Member for Croydon North (Steve Reed). I feel a certain distress about how the debate has been managed over the past six months and the pressure that has been put on so many of my colleagues by pressure groups and Churches who should have known better than to deploy such tactics. I feel that I have been living with a false sense of security after the legislative changes of the past decade. I am indebted to the Prime Minister not only for the Bill, but for the changes he has brought about within my party, which have led to my own election and that of many others and changed the face of the parliamentary party. As a result of the debate over the past six months, we may have gone two steps forward, but I fear we have also gone one step back. The modernisation of the Conservative party is not yet complete

LGBTory patron, Nick Herbert, speaks in support of the Equal Marriage Bill

2.21 pm Nick Herbert (Arundel and South Downs) (Con): Marriage is one of the most important institutions in our society. It concerns many of us that it is in decline, yet while many move away from marriage, one group turns towards it. Gay couples are now asking to be admitted. Here we have a section of society who are saying that they want to declare commitment and that they value stability, in the sight of the public and perhaps of God. We defenders of marriage should be gratefully opening the doors, yet the reaction of some has been to slam them shut.

Maria Miller, Equalities Minister's statement on Marriage (same-sex couples) Bill

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill Second Reading Mr Speaker: There is a four-minute limit on Back-Bench speeches, and 71 Members want to speak. We will do our best to accommodate them all, but it will be appreciated if Members do not keep coming up to the Chair asking whether, and if so, when, they will be called. They shall just have to be patient. We look forward to the debate.

Iain Stewart MP's debate on homophobic bullying in schools

On 4 June 2012, LGBTory patron and former Deputy Chairman Iain Stewart MP, managed to secure a Westminster Hall debate on the subject of homophobic bullying in schools. During the debate, other LGBTory patrons Stuart Andrew MP and Eric Ollerenshaw MP also spoke, and Minister of State at the Department of Education, Nick Gibb MP, responded on behalf of the government.