It�s got to be Cameron for the Tories to get the gay vote
Benjamin Cohen | October 24, 2005
LONDON — So the young pretender David Cameron has jumped from virtual non-entity to the winner of the Parliamentary stage of the Conservative leadership contest.
The party membership need to make sure that they pick a winner this time and not repeat the debacle of the Duncan-Smith era.
David Cameron is the leader of the future, picking him will allow the party look young and fresh when compared to the aging Gordon Brown when Tony Blair finally gives him the keys to Number 10.
Young gay professionals are the perfect group of people to support the Conservatives at the next election. They are natural conservatives, they want low taxes, personal freedoms and the ability to shape their own destinies.
It is the bigoted social conservatives (note the small c) that make the Conservatives unattractive when they attempt to portray being gay as being immoral and against �the natural order of things�.
David Cameron was just a baby of one when homosexuality was decriminalised in England and Wales. He has lived his entire life without the stigma of prejudice that blighted previous generations.
It must be admitted, however that David Davis, who Mr Cameron will face in final ballot has in the past demonstrated his gay rights agenda. He famously stood up for gay rights when he intervened in the torturing of a gay pupil by a gang of bullies at his tough inner London school.
Both candidates have their merits and both have promised to include gay rights in their agenda and work towards greater equality.
However, it is time for a change, a young leader who can force the party to engage with modern Britain. Party members should vote for Mr Cameron and urge Mr Davis to support him in a senior position in the shadow cabinet.
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