Words: Steve Brown
LGBTQ Liberal Democrats are revolting against the party after allowing ‘homophobic’ Phillip Lee into the party.
The former Tory MP defected to the Lib Dems during Boris Johnson’s speech on Tuesday (September 3) which costed the government their majority ahead of the Brexit vote.
The moment defecting Tory MP Phillip Lee takes his seat with the Liberal Democrats, leaving Boris Johnson's government with no working majority
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After the Bracknell MP was allowed to join the political party, the Lib Dems were thrown into chaos and several members have stepped down in protest including Lib Dem LGBTQ group chair, Jennie Rigg.
Lee’s past voting history includes abstaining on equal marriage and even tried to introduce an amendment to a bill that would have banned HIV-positive immigrants from entering the UK.
Rigg described the former Tory as ‘a homophobe, xenophobe and someone who thinks people should be barred from the country if they are ill’.
She continued in a blog post: “I thought the Lib Dems were not a single issue party. I thought we had a soul and principles. But apparently as long as you are on the right side on Brexit, we’ll take you.
“Well, I’m sorry, but no. It doesn’t matter if we already have others as bad. You don’t make bad things better by adding more bad things. It doesn’t matter that he will increase our numbers in parliament by ONE.
“He thinks me and people like me are a lower class of human. I will not share a party with him.”