Thursday 2 March 2006 6.31pm
I appreciate Simon Hughes
as our MP and he has contributed a lot to Southwark. But, somebody with an aspiration to lead the LibDem party in this country cannot blunder the way he did in his coming out as a gay man. He has done no favour to the gay community and has for me no credibility in defending the gay cause.
Yet again, an MP has shown that he considers a gay lifestyle as something to be ashamed about, something to hide. This image does a disservice to gay people who live normal lives that include partners of the same sex.
It is time MPs understood that on this issue the public expects honesty from our leaders. We certainly do not expect, of all parties, a Liberal Democrat to have such an antiquated and damaging attitude to gays.