Tory PPC forced to delete homophobic remarks from website

A Conservative Party candidate who described homosexuality as "not 'normal' behaviour" and defended section 28 has pulled the remarks from his website.

UPDATE 15:26hrs: Laura Kuenssberg, on News 24, has just revealed Lardner has been suspended from the Tory party and will now not contest the seat at the general election. It is too late for the Conservatives to field another candidate.

A Conservative Party candidate who said Enoch Powell “was right” and described Ian Smith as his “hero” has exhibited his exremist views once more by describing homosexuality as “not ‘normal’ behaviour” and defending section 28 –  remarks which have now been removed from his website, but not before Left Foot Forward got a screengrab (click to enlarge):

Philip Lardner, Tory PPC for North Ayrshire and Arran, wrote:

“As your MP I will support the rights of parents and teachers to refuse to have their children taught that homosexuality is ‘normal’ behaviour or an equal lifestyle choice to traditional marriage… I will not accept that their behaviour is ‘normal’ or encourage children to indulge in it.

“The promotion of homosexuality by public bodies (as per ‘clause 28’/section 2a in Scotland,) was correctly outlawed by Mrs Thatcher’s government.

Lardner’s remarks are yet another indication of the forces of homophobia at play in David Cameron’s modern Conservative Party, following shadow home secretary Chris Grayling’s remarks that B&B owners should be allowed to refuse entry to gay couples and shadow defence minister Julian Lewis’s comments on the age of consent and HIV. Grayling and Lewis remain Conservative candidates and remain on Cameron’s front bench.

Cameron’s allies in Europe are even more homophobic than his own MPs. In 2000, Michal Kaminski, leader of Cameron’s MEPs, gave a TV interview in which he refers to homosexuals as “pedaly”, literally pedals which is the near equivalent of “faggots” but also implies paedophilia. Kaminski has never apologised for the remarks and has never been criticised by Cameron for them.

Only last November, Cameron’s Lithuanian partner, Valdemar Tomasevski, described homosexuality as an “evil” from which children should be protected and says “we cannot allow these people to claim … that homosexuality is normal”. Cameron has never condemned Tomasevski, who remains a key ally.

Left Foot Forward has been unable to get any comment from the Conservative Party or Mr Lardner. He remains a Tory candidate. UPDATE II 15:51hrs: The Conservative Party has just released a statement condemning Mr Lardner, saying his views have no place in the modern Conservative Party. As mentioned above, he has been suspended form the party and will no longer stand as a candidate.

UPDATE III 16:37hrs: Left Foot Forward has learnt that, in July last year, Lardner, in language more in tune with Nick Griffin than David Cameron, wrote:

“Thanks to our quisling politicians, we are now required to self-loathe our history and culture, indulge in degenerate pop and soap culture and celebrate the destruction of the family by prancing about at homosexual roadshows. These politicians have ensured we capitulate by destroying our industry and economy and immersing us in a Euro-superstate.

“With no job, no (man-woman-children) family and no hope, are we surprised that kids and adults in sink-estates have no aspiration? Our politicians have destroyed our country and left our indigenous ordinary people a hopeless and directionless mess.

“Quite literally I ask, God and Jesus help us!”

And last May, he appeared alongside Murdo Fraser MSP, deputy leader of the Scottish Conservatives, at a meeting of right-wing Freedom Association.

Questions will be raised about how a bigot like Lardner rose so high in the Scottish Conservative Party, in the wake of his remarks about “homosexual roadshows” and his past comments about Ian Smith: “Ian Smith typified a British hero… I met him in 1998 and got to shake his hand. I am confident Ian Smith was a good man”; immigration: “It doesn’t make sense to flood a small island with people” and Enoch Powell: “Essentially, what Enoch Powell said has in a small way come true.”

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78 Responses to “Tory PPC forced to delete homophobic remarks from website”

  1. Liz McShane

    According to the New Statesman, Gay support for Tories (as of yesterday) had plummeted to 9% (after Grayling’s B&B remarks) so hopefully it will crash to zero by the end of the week.

  2. Sean O'Hare

    Yet another reason why I will not be voting Tory. How dare they suspend him for expressing his views. Whatever happended to freedom of speech?

  3. Liz McShane

    Sean – freedom of speech is one thing, but his views are pretty outrageous and out of kilter even with the official Tory party line and do not represent the modern norms of the society we live in. Freedom of speech and responsibility go hand in hand.

  4. Oliver East

    Wow. One minute Tory Mp massive homophobe, next minute not so much They. Have. Not. Changed.

  5. Roy Michael Tapping

    Lovely #tory #homophobia Leopards don't change their spots. Please retweet. #ge2010

  6. Frankie Fieldson This makes me ashamed to be human.

  7. PaulineCampbellJones

    RT @therightpunter: Lovely #tory #homophobia Leopards don't change their spots. Please retweet. #ge2010

  8. A von Spreckelsen

    RT @olivereast: Wow. One minute Tory Mp massive homophobe, next minute not so much They. Have. Not. Changed.

  9. Martha

    RT @olivereast: Wow. One minute Tory Mp massive homophobe, next minute not so much They. Have. Not. Changed.

  10. Fee

    RT @therightpunter: Lovely #tory #homophobia Leopards don't change their spots. Please retweet. #ge2010

  11. Matt Doughty

    RT @leftfootfwd: Tory PPC forced to delete homophobic remarks from website:

  12. Hettie DeHora

    RT @therightpunter: Lovely #tory #homophobia Leopards don't change their spots. Please retweet. #ge2010

  13. Oscar Power

    Both as twattish as the other-
    Tory and Labour candidates chucked out.

  14. Mr. Sensible

    He has been suspended.

    So what about Mr Grayling?

  15. Ryan Bestford

    "Tory PPC forced to delete homophobic remarks from website" – (via @leftfootfwd)

  16. Major Plonquer

    What an arse. I think we should know EVERY politician’s thoughts on homosexuality, anal sex, rimming, dogging, paedophilia and every other activity that we normal people normally do in our normal daily normality.

    No thought police here then, eh?

  17. Ermm

    Yeah, clearly this guy is correct – homosexuality is not the norm, and despite what the PC brigade say, i think he displays quite a libertarian view on this (each to their own…)

    Chris Graylings comments also were unfairly jumped on, after all a B&B is somebody’s private property, and they should be allowed to let in whomever they want. If it were a gay couple running the B&B who turned away a Christian couple then i suspect most people would think they were well within their right to do so.

    Its the double standards of this PC nonsense which is the worst thing. A bit of common sense please?

  18. Noxi

    Tory PPC forced 2 delete homophobic remarks from site- Lardner suspended, will not contest seat | Left Foot Forward #lgbt

  19. “I am a powerful wom

    RT @sunny_hundal: Tory PPC forced to delete homophobic remarks from website: (at @leftfootfwd)

  20. Helen Holmes

    RT @leftfootfwd: Tory PPC forced to delete homophobic remarks from website

  21. Tom White

    Ermm is talking rubbish: there’s nothing abnormal about being gay.

    A B and B is a business, not a private house. If you don’t want gays in your private house, then don’t turn it into a business. There’s some common sense for you, right there. And that goes for everyone – there’s no double standard here, despite the desperate attempt to make one up.

  22. iman4d

    RT @leftfootfwd: Tory PPC forced to delete homophobic remarks from website this sums these scum up

  23. Hope Carney

    @timminchin i thought you might like this. it demonstrates once again the Tories are idiots !

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