Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Tory candidate Philip Lardner suspended over gay comments

A Conservative general election candidate has been suspended after he argued that homosexuality is “not normal” and wrote in defence of Clause 28 a law which previously banned councils from promoting gay equality as correct.

The party withdrew its support for Philip Lardner's candidacy in the Scottish constituency of North Ayrshire and Arran after he wrote anti-gay comments on his website "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” he said.

In a statement the Conservative party said that "The views expressed ... are deeply offensive and unacceptable and as a result he has been suspended as a member of the Conservative party,"
"These views have no place in the modern Conservative party."

The seat is currently held by Labour. As it is too late to put forward a new candidate, Lardner's name will remain on the ballot paper but the Conservatives will not campaign for him.

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