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Thu 8 Apr, 2010
By Sam Bristowe

I want to go on record to say don't vote Conservative. I'd go as far to say that I'll vote Labour at this general election

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Founder of the Tory gay rights groups has revealed that following recent comments made by the Conservative party, she will be voting for the Labour party in this years General Election.

Chris Grayling, the shadow Home Secretary, recent caused controversy after he agreed with the decision of the B&B owners who turned away the gay couple last month. This action has caused the first chairman of The LGBTory group, Anastasia Beaumont-Bott, to feel guilty for previously asking the LGBT community to vote for the Tory party and has now revealed that she will be voting for Labour in May.

Beaumont-Bott called for Grayling to be removed from his position following his stance on gay issues.

Tory leader David Cameron refused to take action against him.

She said about her decision "I feel guilty because as a gay woman affected by LGBT rights I am on record saying you should vote Conservative, and I want to reverse that,"

Anastasia Beaumont-Bott, 20, was chosen to be the face of the young and gay community with the Tory party, classed as a modern Conservative.

The young woman decided to leave the party over 18 months ago following homophobic abuse within the party. She decided not to speak out about the prejudice she received but says that the comments made by Grayling made her decision final.

"It's been in my head for a while to speak out, but the Chris Grayling issue has made me realise that a year-and-a-half ago, I was someone who was standing up and telling gay people that they should vote for Mr. Cameron. But I became disillusioned after meeting one too many people in that party who were not like what the leader was saying the party was about. If you make a comment like [those made by Mr. Grayling], you should be out. This isn't a question of party lines – it is disgusting. I don't like doing this to Mr. Cameron. I like him, but the insides of his party are not what the people are led to believe."


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