James Wharton tells the indy why he has torn up his Conservative Party membership card.
Theresa May has manoeuvred to form an alliance with the DUP in order to cling on to power in the wake of the disastrous general election result last week. This has forced me to resign my party membership in protest, and call upon other gay Tories to do the same.
It’s unthinkable to me that the party would, having moved so far forward from the days of section 28 – ugly blots on the pages of its history – now so hastily rush into a marriage with a group whose founding principles are based on faith, a party that denies women the right of choice surrounding pregnancy and that still to this day holds influence that prevents LGBT people in Northern Ireland enjoying the comfort of equality in marriage.
Gay Tories, time to take stock.