Stephen Doughty – the re-elected Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth – has joined other so-called “Out LBGT Parliamentarians “ [i.e. MPs who are Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgendered] in an open-air protest against a Conservative Government deal with the DUP which would ensure a working majority in the Commons.
In the modest gathering, approximately 14 politicians – including Ben Bradshaw, Chris Bryant and Angela Eagle – stood holding placards and were addressed by Doughty who said “ We’re here today standing up as ‘Out’ LGBT MPs and Parliamentarians to speak up for the equalities and the rights of all LGBT citizens across the whole of the UK including Northern Ireland” .[ Cheers were heard at this point].
Doughty went on to say “And – you know- it is deeply, deeply dismaying that Theresa May has had to cobble a deal together with the DUP who have such a terrible record when it comes to equalities, when it comes to the rights of LGBT people not just in Northern Ireland but actually when they stood here against the Equal Marriage Act that we successfully passed here – cross-party .”
The DUP [ a.k.a. Democratic Unionist Party] was founded by Northern Ireland Protestant Leader the late Ian Paisley. A deal between them and the Conservatives would – in effect – shred Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn’s hopes of becoming Prime Minister.
The DUP said yesterday “For as long as Corbyn leads Labour, we will ensure there’s a Tory PM.”