Widdecombe: Gay marriage to blame if Tories lose election

Former Tory minister Ann Widdecombe believes the Conservatives may have “sacrificed” their chances of winning an outright victory at the next election “on the altar of gay marriage”.

Miss Widdecombe also criticised the Prime Minister for doing nothing to protect marriage, instead seeking to redefine it.

She made the comments in her column for the Daily Express.

Sacrificed

She said having a fully Conservative Government is “a likelihood probably sacrificed on the altar of gay marriage”.

In a separate piece, Miss Widdecombe blasted the Prime Minister for failing to back traditional marriage.

She said: “Before the last election Cameron promised to support marriage and since the election all we have had is a law to redefine it so that it is no longer recognisable”.

Manifesto

The Chancellor George Osborne did not announce a marriage tax break in this year’s budget, despite it being in the Conservative Party’s pre-election manifesto.

Gay marriage, on the other hand, was in no Party manifesto, but is making its way through the legislative process.

Miss Widdecombe has previously used her column in the Daily Express to slam the proposals to redefine marriage.

She said: “This Bill was conceived for purely political reasons and marriage has become David Cameron’s plaything.”

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