by Lamiat Sabin, Parliamentary Reporter
THE first openly gay Tory Cabinet secretary called on the ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) yesterday to “change its position” on LGBT issues.
Scottish Secretary David Mundell, who came out in January 2015, has said he does “not subscribe” to the Northern Irish party’s positions in this area, which include a ban on same-sex marriages.
Prime Minister Theresa May is due to meet DUP leader Arlene Foster today to finalise a deal to prop up her unstable minority government.
Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson, who is engaged to a woman, has claimed that Ms May gave her “assurances” that working with the DUP would not damage LGBT rights “in the rest of the UK.”
But when questioned about the DUP’s stance by Channel 4 News on Saturday, she walked out in the middle of the interview.
She attended a Cabinet meeting in Downing Street yesterday, but she said it was about Brexit and there had been no mention of LGBTI rights.