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11:34 | 25th April 2017

News: UK

Wed 5 May, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


I don't believe that, and she [Stroud]'s actually put out a very clear statement to say she was completely misreported; she believes in gay equality

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David Cameron has stood up for one his candidates after a paper reported she attempted to cure gays as it wasn’t Christian but later insisted that she was pro gay equality.

Conservative leader Cameron has stood by Philippa Stroud, who is standing for Sutton and Cheam in South London, after it was revealed that a church she founded attempted to “cure” homosexuals of their “demons”.

Stroud, who was the founder of the King’s Arms Project, a church and night shelter, has fought back after three people have claimed she tried to rid them of their sexuality and said the aim of the church was “to get a person to a position where they don’t have these sinful thoughts and emotions”.

Ina statement regarding the story printed in The Observer, she said: “The idea that I am prejudiced against gay people is both false and insulting,” she said.


"I make no apology for being a committed Christian.

"However it is categorically untrue that I believe homosexuality to be an illness, and I am deeply offended that the Observer has suggested otherwise."

Cameron, who will tomorrow hear his fait of the Prime Minster position, has insisted that he stands by Stroud’s statement and that her acts we misconstrued. Speaking to the BBC Asian Network, he said, "I don't believe that, and she [Stroud]'s actually put out a very clear statement to say she was completely misreported; she believes in gay equality."

The Tory party has been highly scrutinized for their stance on homosexuality, but Cameron insists his party is pro gay.

 

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