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News: UK

Fri 26 Feb, 2010
By Danielle Carter


This research does show the class of 2010 to be more socially liberal than existing MPs — and certainly more so than Lady Thatcher

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The Times Newspaper have conducted a survey through Populus.
A survey taken of 36 Conservative MPs and 34 Conservative candidates in winnable seats — confirms the newcomers to be notably more sceptical than their arguably original archaic counterparts. While 27 per cent of the MPs think it an established fact that climate change is man-made, only 9 per cent of the candidates share this view.

This research does show the class of 2010 to be more socially liberal than existing MPs — and certainly more so than Lady Thatcher.

Two thirds of the candidates believe gay couples should have “exactly the same rights as heterosexual couples”. MPs take the opposite view. They think multiculturalism is bad by a margin of 84 to 16 per cent. The candidates — by a margin of 52 to 48 per cent — do not.

Nick King, who is likely to be one of several gay MPs, including at least one lesbian, if the swing to the Tories gives the party a majority, embodies the surprising conjuncture of attitudes in the party. The candidate in Mid Dorset and North Poole named his heroes as Lady Thatcher and Harvey Milk — the slain gay rights champion immortalised on film by Sean Penn.

Mr King grew up in California when Milk was the first openly gay politician in the state. A member of the Young Conservatives in the 1980s, Mr King parted company with the party over the Government’s Section 28 ban on the promotion of homosexuality and says that Lady Thatcher “caused quite a lot of harm”. But as a small businessman he admires “what she did in turning round the economy”.

 

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