Tory MP Sir Desmond Swayne admits he was wrong to say being gay was ‘gross and unnatural’
Conservative MP Sir Desmond Swayne has distanced himself for his past anti-LGBT+ remarks.
The long-serving MP was a strong opponent of LGBT+ rights in the 1990s and 2000s, opposing an equal age of consent, the abolition of Section 28 and same-sex civil partnerships.
In 1999, he claimed a move to equalise the age of consent would “serve to entrap a small number of young men in a lifestyle that is gross and unnatural, and who might otherwise have led a life that was not blighted in that way”.
However, Swayne was later among a handful of Tories to vote in favour of LGBT+ non-discrimination protections in 2007 – and he was later responsible for helping to steer equal marriage through parliament in 2013.
Tory MP Desmond Swayne says he held
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