Marginal voters targeted by campaign
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.”