Mar­ginal vot­ers tar­geted by cam­paign

The Church of England - - NEWS - By Amaris Cole

VOT­ERS in mar­ginal seats are set to re­ceive leaflets against the Government’s Bill to re­de­fine mar­riage, urg­ing con­stituents to lobby their MP against the ‘un­demo­cratic plans’.

The cam­paign, led by the Coali­tion 4 Mar­riage, aims to tar­get 65 key MPs to urge them to vote against the ex­pected change in what op­po­nents be­lieve is the ‘mean­ing of mar­riage’, by send­ing out one mil­lion leaflets.

Within weeks, the Government is ex­pected to bring the Bill to Par­lia­ment.

How­ever, crit­ics are warn­ing the Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron that 130 Tor y back­benchers could vote against the plans.

Colin Hart, C4M Cam­paign Di­rec­tor, said: “Our lo­cal ac­tivists are fired up to op­pose th­ese un­demo­cratic pro­pos­als from a Government that is in­creas­ingly look­ing out of touch with or­di­nary men and women.

“MPs should ex­pect their lo­cal vot­ers to press them on where they stand on the re­def­i­ni­tion of mar­riage and why the Lead­ers of the three main par­ties con­tinue to make this a top pri­or­ity when poll af­ter poll shows that the pol­icy does not en­joy pop­u­lar sup­port and vot­ers don’t be­lieve the PM’s mo­tives on in­tro­duc­ing the changes.”

The ac­tivists blame this re­cent move on the re­fusal of the Coali­tion to rule out the use of the Par­lia­ment Act, which they pre­dict could ‘”ram through” the leg­is­la­tion in just a few months.

The Coali­tion 4 Mar­riage said: “The use of the Par­lia­ment Act would be highly con­tro­ver­sial and is likely to in­crease ten­sions be­tween MPs, peers and the Government over the leg­is­la­tion.

“Mr Cameron is al­ready fac­ing the big­gest re­bel­lion of any post-war Con­ser­va­tive Prime Min­is­ter and the largest re­bel­lion against a government since the Iraq War vote nearly a decade ago.”

A ComRes poll shows wide­spread dis­ap­proval within the Houses for use of the Par­lia­ment Act, with 74 per cent of peers – and 100 per cent of Con­ser­va­tive Peers — re­spond­ing that they are against us­ing the Act.

Mr Har t con­cluded: “The Government’s pro­pos­als to shut down de­bate and ig­nore the views of MPs and peers are dis­grace­ful, but de­press­ingly are not sur­pris­ing and fur­ther ev­i­dence of the con­tempt shown to or­di­nary peo­ple by Mr Cameron and his in­ner cir­cle.

“Th­ese plans are un­pop­u­lar and di­vi­sive. The vot­ers were ig­nored by the politi­cians: this was in no party’s man­i­festo and the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion was a sham. Day by day the case for hold­ing a ref­er­en­dum on this is­sue grows. If Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg be­lieve this pol­icy is both the right thing to do and pop­u­lar why do they not trust the Bri­tish peo­ple and let them have their say?

“Un­til we get a ref­er­en­dum C4M will con­tinue to make sure that or­di­nary peo­ple can have their say and re­mind those MPs who have seem to have for­got­ten that they are ser­vant of the pub­lic not their masters.”

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