Friday, April 29, 2005
Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton in the last parliament, has come under attack from his Tory opponent, who has been accused of using homophobic material in his election campaign.
Ken Andrew, the Tory parliamentary candidate for Carshalton & Wallington in Surrey, has apparently used his campaigning leaflets to slam the current Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake.In response to a Stonewall project, leaders of all the major parties (including Michael Howard) pledged to remove homophobia from the 2005 election campaign. This is the second time a Tory candidate has broken that pledge.
Accusing the sitting MP of "wasting local tax payers money", Mr Andrew uses Mr Brake's voting record to question: "what has he done for local people".
The top two issues in the list are Mr Brake's support for gay adoption and the lowering of the age of consent.
Challenged on this breach, the Tories stood by their homophobic candidates.
Speaking yesterday, the Conservative party maintained that candidates and MPs were "entitled" to their own opinions on such free vote issues.Are you thinking what I'm thinking?