A CONSERVATIVE MP today urges David Cameron to shelve plans to legalise gay marriage – warning angry party activists are walking away in protest.
David Mowat, the Warrington South MP, said the prime minister had lit a fuse that threatened to blow up in Tory faces, because of the fierce opposition of most of the party faithful.
The backbencher said the issue was not on a “list of 20 things” that were vital to Conservatives such as him, adding: “What matters is jobs, growth and the economy – everything has to be done to fix that.”
And he said: “I had a letter from an ex-chairman of Warrington South Conservatives, saying he was leaving the party. We haven’t got so many members that we can lose them.
“I think it’s a pity that we have chosen to potentially alienate our activists, because the people who care disproportionately about this tend to be activists. I would be pretty happy if the whole thing got dropped.
“I also have a gay activist, in a civil partnership, who is quite ambivalent about gay marriage, so I think it’s wrong to say it is a touchstone issue for all the gay community.”
Mr Mowat, said he, personally, was “moderately in favour” of gay marriage, but argued it would nevertheless be “more honest” to wait until after the next general election.