Tory MP: ‘We alienated traditional supporters over same-sex marriage’

Feb 3, 2015

A prominent Conservative MP has criticised the Tory leadership for alienating traditional supporters over same-sex marriage.

During a conference call with party activists, Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP for North East Somerset, said he was “not proud” that the Government had passed same-sex marriage into law.

Party Chairman Grant Shapps and Rees-Mogg, a well-known Tory backbencher, were fielding questions from callers.

One caller, referring to the introduction of gay marriage, said: “I think David Cameron would do well not to keep rubbing it in how pleased he was to have got that through onto the statute books.”

Rees-Mogg, a Roman Catholic, responded to the caller by saying: “I agree with you, I’m not proud that this government passed that into law and it alienated a lot of our traditional supporters”.

Last month Prime Minister David Cameron declared during a Q&A session that redefining marriage was one of his proudest achievements of 2014.

He said: “I did get a lot of letters in 2014 from men who said, because of the changes you made, I have been able to marry the person I love. And that was great.”