Cameron’s MEPs vote with UKIP & BNP against gender equality

Nearly 90 per cent of David Cameron's MEPs voted against a European Parliament resolution calling for "Action on Gender Equality".

David Cameron’s claims to have modernised the Tory party have suffered setbacks recently with renewed allegations of racism and homophobia – and now evidence, from Europe, of Tory sexism as well. Nearly 90 per cent of Cameron’s MEPs voted against a European Parliament resolution calling for “Action on Gender Equality”.

In all, only 85 of the parliament’s 735 members voted againt the motion22 of them Cameron’s MEPs, nine UKIP and the BNP’s Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons, giving Britain the unwanted distinction of being the only nation with a majority of MEPs against full equality for women.

The Conservative Party manifesto, unveiled this week, states (page 16) that:

“We will look at how to abolish the default retirement age, as many older people want to carry on working. And we will force equal pay audits on any company found to be discriminating on the basis of gender.

It further states (page 35) that:

“By promoting equality and tackling discrimination, our policies, like recognising civil partnerships as well as marriage in the tax system and helping disabled people live independently, will give everybody the chance to play their part. This way, we can make Britain fairer and safer; a country where opportunity is more equal.

Fine words; shame about the actions.

26 Responses to “Cameron’s MEPs vote with UKIP & BNP against gender equality”

  1. Costello

    “& BNP” guilt by association eh?

    When can we expect a Left Foot Forward article analysing in detail the many, many similarities between the Labour Party and its racist offshoot the BNP?

  2. DD23

    Costello, it’s more a case of guilt by actions. Perhaps you’d care to comment on the article rather than its (factually correct) title?

  3. Yves C

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  4. Liz McShane

    Costello – Please do explain how you come to the speculative conclusion that BNP is an ‘offshoot of The Labour Party’ – as that famous tennis player said :”you cannot be serious”…….

  5. Carl Morphett

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  6. Grog

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  7. AnyoneButCameron

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  8. Mr. Sensible

    Couldn’t agree more, Liz.

    How are Labour and the BN linked?

    Care to explain?

    At any rate, this shows yet again how the Tories have not changed.

  9. Greg Wright

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  10. Michael Gove

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  11. Glenis Willmott MEP

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  12. Emma Peate

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  13. Costello

    The BNP and Labour are both socialist parties which have pretty much identical attitudes to capitalism and to the power that the state (i.e. they) should over over other people. There is a damn good reason why the BNP is strongest in historically Labour voting heartlands and that so many (i recall seeing a percentage of approx 50% mentioned) are ex-Labour supporters or members. The BNP is basically nothing more than the racist wing of the Labour Party and the relationship between the two is analogous to that of the Conservative Party to UKIP. The general election will see the BNP taking votes from Labour while UKIP takes votes from the Tories.

  14. oleypete

    Read the text of the resolution:

    “14. Urges the Commission and the Member States to adopt and implement specific gender equality policies, including active measures, with a view to accelerating the achievement of de facto gender equality and promoting the full enjoyment of all human rights by women and girls”.

    In this context, “Active measures” mean affirmative action and positive discrimination while “de facto gender equality” means equality of outcomes as opposed to equality of opportunity (de jure equality). It is perfectly legitimate to be committed to gender equality and oppose these measures on the grounds that they are perverse and counter-productive. Opposition to this resolution is not the same as opposition to gender equality.

  15. Noxi

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  16. Sean Brennan

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  17. Emma Peate

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  18. Jan Novak

    ‘which have pretty much identical attitudes to capitalism and to the power that the state (i.e. they)’

    What a load of rubbish. They are totally different when it comes to capitalism and how much state we have in our life.

    ‘The BNP is basically nothing more than the racist wing of the Labour Party ‘

    What policies are racist or do you just take the MSM/extreme far left view of the BNP.

  19. Hannah Mackay

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  20. stella Hargreaves

    Duh! The BNP is a FASCIST party, Costello. What worries me is that the Labour party has jumped on the anti-immigration band wagon. Don’t these people know any history? Hitler started gaining popularity among some working class germans by blaming the Jews for the econ. crisis. He was NEVER elected, the equivelant of the Tories in the German parliament invited him to form a govt. Hitler then closed Parliament down and in the Night of the Long knives, he massacred the Brownshirts, who’d been the (backward) working class faction of the fascists in Germany. Hitler was bankrolled by big business in Germany, such as Thysenn and Krupp. I had a full-colour leaflet from BNP through my door, 1st time ever. WHO is bankrolling the fascist BNP?
    The LP leaders and the so-called liberal Social democrats should point the finger at the REAL cause of the economic mess we’re in, big business and the Banks; the only people served by their anti-immigration mouthings are the Fascists, and if they get hold in the UK, God help us.

  21. stella Hargreaves

    I’m about to e mail the Royal Pharmaceutical soc and others re reports that the drug manafacturers are selling NHS drugs abroad. There are many reports re this on the internet and quotes from cancer patients, epilepsy and asthma patients and others saying they can’t get their prescriptions filled. The Health Minster was apparently sposed to be holding an emergency summit re this some weeks ago. Now parliament has risen. WHAT IS GOING ON? THIS IS POTENTIALLY VERY SERIOUS. Anyone know anything?

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  23. Secular Gay

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