Three openly gay Conservatives in party leader David Cameron’s shadow government are set to become ministers if the Tories are able to form a government with the Liberal Democrats.
National elections held yesterday saw a swing of nearly 100 seats from Labour to the Conservatives, but no party controls the requisite 326 seats needed to form a government. Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg, who today finds himself in a kingmaker role, said this morning he would give Cameron (pictured) the first shot at an alliance with his party.
According to Pink News, 20 Conservative Members of Parliament are openly gay, though the party has only named 11 of those. The first out lesbian MP in the Tory party will be Margot James of Stourbrige, who was elected last night.
Cameron has sought to transform the Conservatives when it comes to LGBT issues, going so far as to issue an apology for the party’s anti-gay past. Earlier this year one of his shadow ministers, Nick Herbert, traveled to the U.S. to speak at the Cato Institute about the place of LGBT people in the conservative movement. During his speech he urged the U.S. Republican Party to embrace LGBT rights as a conservative value.
Now THAT is change you can believe in!