Sunday, October 23, 2005

Cameron is the candidate to reach out to new voters

I missed this endorsement of David Cameron by

Young gay professionals are the perfect group of people to support the Conservatives at the next election. They are natural conservatives, they want low taxes, personal freedoms and the ability to shape their own destinies.

It is the bigoted social conservatives (note the small c) that make the Conservatives unattractive when they attempt to portray being gay as being immoral and against 'the natural order of things'.

David Cameron was just a baby of one when homosexuality was decriminalised in England and Wales. He has lived his entire life without the stigma of prejudice that blighted previous generations.

It must be admitted, however that David Davis, who Mr Cameron will face in final ballot has in the past demonstrated his gay rights agenda. He famously stood up for gay rights when he intervened in the torturing of a gay pupil by a gang of bullies at his tough inner London school.

Both candidates have their merits and both have promised to include gay rights in their agenda and work towards greater equality.

However, it is time for a change, a young leader who can force the party to engage with modern Britain. Party members should vote for Mr Cameron and urge Mr Davis to support him in a senior position in the shadow cabinet.

There are many natural conservatives in this country who currently do not vote for the Conservative Party. Many have been put off by the rhetoric that has come from certain quarters and by the party's whipped support or opposition for certain measures in the House of Commons. The defence of Section 28 and the three line whip opposing gay adoption were just two measures that served to portray the party as narrow minded and out of touch with the modern UK. We have reached the unfortunate point where the proof that society has accepted something is when a row about it breaks out in the Conservative Party. This must change.

If the Conservative Party is ever to win another election it will need many more people to vote for it, including many of those it has in the past been perceived as hostile to. David Cameron has won endorsements in many areas that are not the most fruitful for the party. This is something that cannot be ignored.

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