Monday, October 16, 2006
Queer Eye For The Tory Guy
The Conservative party has signed an agreement with Stonewall, the gay rights organisation, to turn itself into a model gay friendly employer and build up its appeal to homosexual voters.
Francis Maude, the party chairman, has been in talks with Stonewall since early in the year and the Tories will now become part of its Diversity Champions programme.
The party’s latest move to leave behind the right-wing image of the Thatcher years has alienated some Tories but Maude said the majority would support it.
Given how massive sex scandals (several of the same-sex variety) helped doom the Conservative Party's historical monopoly on Parliament in 1997 and opened the door for New Labour, this is quite a major shift.
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