Gay Marriage

David Burrowes presenting a petition objecting to the same sex marriage bill in Downing Street last summer. Picture: Getty

Ministerial aide could defy whip on gay marriage vote

4 February 2013 15:38

Downing Street is very keen to emphasise that Tory MPs who vote against the second reading of the gay marriage bill tomorrow are not ‘rebels’. This is a free vote,… Continue reading

Gay marriage

Same-sex marriage is homophobic

4 February 2013 14:29

The current ‘Same Sex Couples Bill’ is part of a trend that supposes equality is only to be advanced by erasing all differences between us so that we are all… Continue reading

David Cameron is personally committed to gay marriage, but how does he persuade MPs who are wavering? Picture: Getty

No 10: No last-ditch pitch from PM on gay marriage

4 February 2013 12:37

Downing Street always knew tomorrow’s gay marriage vote was going to provoke tensions. But what’s interesting is how unsure Number 10 is about how to approach the free vote on… Continue reading

Supporters of gay marriage protest outside the Tory conference in September. Picture: Getty

The same-sex marriage bill and religious freedom

4 February 2013 9:26

Parliament is entering the frenzied final hours leading up to the second reading of the same-sex marriage bill. MPs will vote on the legislation at around 7pm tomorrow, and today’s… Continue reading

William Hague led this afternoon's Commons debate on Europe. Picture: Getty

William Hague: Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan is where the threat to the British homeland is coming from

3 February 2013 12:29

On the Sunday Politics, William Hague confirmed that the greatest terrorist threat to the British homeland come from Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. But he argued that without intervention, the Sahel… Continue reading

Theresa May will face questions when Parliament returns on the efficacy of TPIMs. Picture: Getty

More Tory splits and plots

2 February 2013 11:32

David Cameron arrived back in the UK this morning to newspapers full of talk of Conservative splits and plots. The moment of unity that followed his Europe speech has well… Continue reading

David Cameron speaks at a Downing Street reception on gay marriage. Picture: Getty

Tory opponents of gay marriage meet as whipping plans upset backbenchers

30 January 2013 16:09

Tory MPs opposed to gay marriage are holding a meeting in the next hour to discuss next Tuesday’s second reading of the Bill, I understand. The meeting is being co-ordinated… Continue reading

Grants Shapps launches the Tory campaign in Harrow West in a Hindu Temple

Why the Tory leadership thinks it can push gay marriage and boost its support among ethnic minority voters

20 January 2013 16:39

If the Tory party doesn’t improve its performance with ethnic minority voters, it’ll be nigh-on-impossible for it to win a general election in a generation’s time. The single biggest driver… Continue reading

David Cameron speaks at a Downing Street reception on gay marriage. Picture: Getty

High Court judge: Gay marriage is ‘wrong policy’

26 December 2012 13:41

Sir Paul Coleridge’s intervention in today’s Times (£) on gay marriage has ensured the debate won’t go quiet after various angry Christmas Day sermons. The High Court Judge tells the… Continue reading

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Will the Lords really slay the gay marriage bill?

17 December 2012 18:19

Think the Commons is in uproar at the moment over gay marriage? Just wait until the legislation makes its way into the House of Lords. The received wisdom is that… Continue reading

David Cameron speaks at a Downing Street reception on gay marriage. Picture: Getty

Tensions in the tearoom on gay marriage

15 December 2012 11:17

This week’s developments over gay marriage have left a febrile atmosphere in the Conservative party. As Fraser wrote yesterday, David Cameron seems to have driven his party ‘quite mad’ by… Continue reading

What started as a call for equal rights has now become a culture war - not least within the Tory Party. Picture: Getty

Gay marriage: no culture wars, please, we’re British

14 December 2012 9:34

Ever since the issue of gay marriage returned to British politics, we have seen the debate become crazier and crazier.  When Tony Blair handled this with his Civil Partnerships Act… Continue reading

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Maria Miller holds gay marriage briefing to reassure nervous Tory MPs

11 December 2012 21:21

After giving her statement to the House of Commons on the government’s plans for gay marriage, Maria Miller held a meeting with Tory MPs. I understand that the meeting was… Continue reading

Maria Miller today unveiled protections for religious institutions that don't want to conduct gay weddings. Picture: Getty

Maria Miller unveils ‘quadruple lock’ to protect churches from gay marriage court actions

11 December 2012 14:15

Maria Miller sought to assuage the fears of her backbench colleagues about the government’s plans for gay marriage today by announcing a ‘quadruple lock’ to prevent any religious leader being… Continue reading


Commons shadow boxing on gay marriage

10 December 2012 17:57

Today’s urgent question on gay marriage was largely shadow boxing for the statement on it, which has now been brought forward to tomorrow. Maria Miller insisted that the chance of… Continue reading

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Attorney General to reject warnings of gay marriage legal challenge

10 December 2012 13:36

I understand that when the gay marriage bill is published, the Attorney General will make clear that the chance of a legal challenge at the European Court of Human Rights… Continue reading

Gay Marriage Becomes Legal In The UK

A storm of nonsense: gay marriage opponents lose their wits - Spectator Blogs

10 December 2012 13:01

My word, the latest kerfuffle over gay marriage runs the gamut from dumb to dumber. Here, for instance, is Cristina Odone: He may get away with bullying a great many –… Continue reading

Gay Marriage Becomes Legal In The UK

No 10 insists churches are protected under gay marriage plans

10 December 2012 11:47

The government may be forced to explain its plans for gay marriage in the House of Commons today if an urgent question is granted. Chief among the questions from backbenchers… Continue reading

David Cameron addresses a Gay Pride reception in Downing Street. The Prime Minister today said he wanted to allow churches and other religious institutions to conduct same-sex marriages. Picture: Getty

David Cameron backs gay marriages in church

7 December 2012 14:05

This week marks seven years since David Cameron was elected leader of the Conservative party, and he has celebrated the occasion by making an announcement that will certainly keep things… Continue reading

David Cameron at a gay pride reception in Downing Street. Picture: Getty

118 Tory MPs publicly reject gay marriage plans

24 November 2012 9:52

David Cameron is planning to fast-track legislation for gay civil marriage through parliament, but today’s Daily Mail underlines that his own MPs are dragging their feet over the legislation. The… Continue reading

Gay Marriage Becomes Legal In The UK

Will supporting gay marriage help the Tories? It's all a matter of location, location, location. - Spectator Blogs

15 November 2012 15:34

Do pollsters and pundits actually understand how British elections work? I sometimes wonder. Take, for instance, the debate concerning whether or not supporting gay marriage might win the Conservative party… Continue reading

George Osborne's alleged winning mix of fiscal austerity and social liberalism is a losing combination. Image: Getty

George Osborne’s combination of austerity and social libertarianism is repellent

15 November 2012 10:24

George Osborne’s spirited bid in The Times (£) earlier this week  to appropriate the Obama victory for the Tories is a curious mirror image of the Labour Party’s arguments to… Continue reading

Cheryl Gillan has slammed the government's proposals for gay marriage. Photo: Getty Images.

Exclusive: David Cameron accused of misleading over gay marriage polling

14 November 2012 17:08

One of Britain’s leading pollsters has written to the Prime Minister to rebuke him for misleading his supporters over whether the Conservative Party would suffer in the polls if they… Continue reading

Western Kentucky v Mississippi Valley State

Race, gay marriage and modern Conservatism. Lessons for David Cameron from America. - Spectator Blogs

13 November 2012 17:10

So, we’ve had nearly a week to digest the results of the American election and contemplate what, if anything, it might all mean for politics there and, naturally, in this… Continue reading

The established criticism of George Osborne is that he is influential yet insubstantial, is that fair?

George Osborne, the insubstantial chancellor?

13 November 2012 16:00

George Osborne’s public interventions on issues other than the economy are few and far between, which is why his article in today’s Times merits attention. In it, Osborne analyses some… Continue reading