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Sir John Stanley: Tory MP condemned as homophobic after he claims being gay is just a short-lived craze | Mail Online

Conservative MP Sir John Stanley has been branded homophobic after claiming that being gay was just a passing fad.

The married MP said homosexuality was a ‘normal phase’ for youngsters before they became heterosexuals in later life.

Sir John, 71, made his comments following the the controversial Commons vote which legalised same-sex marriages

Sir John Stanley: Tory MP condemned as homophobic after he claims being gay is just a short-lived craze | Mail Online.

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Lib Dem MP David Ward could be kicked out of party after suggesting ‘the Jews’ had not learned the lessons of the Holocaust | Mail Online

A Liberal Democrat MP faces expulsion from the party for saying ‘the Jews’ had not learned from the murder of six million in the Holocaust, in their treatment of the Palestinian people.

David Ward, MP for Bradford East, wrote on his own website that he was ‘saddened’ that they ‘could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians…on a daily basis.’

He defended his comments in interviews saying they were a ‘just a statement of fact and said ‘it appears that the suffering by the Jews has not transformed their views on how others should be treated.’

His remarks were made ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday, although Mr Ward who said he had attended events to remember its victims and had visited Auschwitz twice.

Lib Dem MP David Ward could be kicked out of party after suggesting ‘the Jews’ had not learned the lessons of the Holocaust | Mail Online.

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George Osborne’s father-in-law in conflict of interest

13 January: The Independent reports that George Osborne’s father-in-law stands accused of a conflict of interest as he is an adviser to William Hague while also being on the payroll of a Japanese high speed train manufacturer which could potentially gain from the building of the HS2 rail link

Yesterday’s revelation follows concerns about the business interests of a string of Conservative peers. Last week, Tory donor and academies sponsor John Nash was given a peerage and a job as education minister, while another donor, Lord Popat, was made a government whip. Lord Sassoon, who quit his job as a Treasury minister last month, is to start a job with the City firm Jardine Matheson this week, without undergoing the traditional three-month “gardening leave”. This has been cleared by officials.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/exclusive-osbornes-fatherinlaw-in-conflict-of-interest-row-8449390.html

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Rail Minister commutes in chauffeur-driven car to “avoid crowded trains”

6th January: The Independent reports that Simon Burns, the minister responsible for taking a chauffeur driven car to work at a cost to the taxpayer of £80,000 per year so that he can avoid crowded trains.

Although Burns claims that he wouldn’t be able to take classified papers onto the trains, the revelation will only increase the view that the Coalition are out of touch with ordinary workers. Last year chancellor George Osborne had to pay for an upgrade after attempting to travel in the first class compartment on a standard ticket.

A spokesman for passengers’ campaign group Railfuture told the newspaper: “It would be nice if the person who is setting these fare rises was also experiencing some of the congestion and overcrowding endured by ordinary, hard-pressed travellers.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/simon-burns-minister-responsible-for-train-fares-uses-80000ayear-chauffeurdriven-government-car-to-avoid-overcrowded-trains-8439959.html

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MP accused of breaching code of conduct

4th January: The Guardian reported that Philip Davies, who sits on the influential Culture, Media and Sport select committee, had failed to declare his links to gambling firms despite being part of an inquiry into the practices of the industry.

It is claimed that he received up to £10,000 in benefits including a trip to the Cheltenham Festival as a guest of Ladbrokes, and a “subscription” worth over £4000 from the holding company which owns bookmakers BetFred.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/jan/04/philip-davies-gambling-industry-links

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