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MP for St Austell and Newquay, GE-2015-date
- Oct.11.2017: Christian cheats on wife, bangs on about ‘traditional marriage’. Tory MP and evangelical Christian Steve Double has had the gall to criticise the govt’s plans for LGBT sex and relationship education in schools after admitting having cheated on his wife. When it comes to undermining traditional marriage, Double is somewhat of an expert. Last year he issued a public apology after a tabloid reported that he allegedly cheated on his wife of 30 years with a married 26-year-old aide. Double, a former pastor, insisted the affair was “only a few weeks”. The letter was also signed by a rogue’s gallery of anti-LGBT lobbyists, including Andrea Williams of Christian Concern, who has publicly defended gay “cure” therapy. Also signatories of the letter are Thomas Pascoe of the Coalition for Marriage, Colin Hart of the Christian Institute and Revd Andrew Symes of Anglican Mainstream – all strong opponents of LGBT equality laws. Controversial newspaper columnist Rod Liddle, above, who has previously been found in breach of the press regulator’s code through his public bullying of a transgender politician, also signed the letter warning about “transgenderism”. Liddle was rebuked by the press regulator in 2015 after he published a Sun column targeting a Labour Party candidate who is blind and transgender. The letter was spearheaded by unhinged Tory MP Philip Davies, above. A long-time opponent of LGBT rights, Davies was last month re-elected to serve on the Parliamentary committee responsible for scrutinising the govt’s equalities work. The MP for Shipley is a strong opponent of LGBT rights, voting against the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations in 2007 and the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act in 2013. He has previously complained that same-sex marriage law discriminates against straight people, and has branded inclusive sex education “tyranny”. Davies is also an outspoken critic of the Women’s Rights movement, and previously faced questions over his ties to the so-called “Justice for Men and Boys party” – which issues awards for “lying feminist of the month”, and affirms on its website that "Feminists are whiny, gormless liards". He has previously called for the Women and Equalities Committee to change its name to exclude “Women”. Last year he filibustered an opposition bill to make inclusive sex and relationship education mandatory in schools. Barry Duke, The Free Thinker.