Lib Dems: Ruth Kelly unfit to champion equalities

The Guardian reports that Lib Dem equalities spokesperson Lorely Burt has called on Ruth Kelly to resign.

Kelly, a member of the ultra-conservative Catholic group Opus Dei is the cabinet secretary responsible for defending, among other things, gay rights.

Lorely Burt said: “We had always feared Ruth Kelly’s personal beliefs would make her unsuitable to be a champion of gay rights. Unfortunately these fears have become reality and she should now stand down.”

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  • Martin Hoscik 16th Oct '06 - 12:38pm

    Totally agree, I have emailed Lorely asking if she’d be prepared to expand on her comments for MayorWatch where I intend to make as big an issue of this as possible.

    When you consider Kelly is telling Muslims to tackle religious extremism we shouldn’t be allowing hers own extreme views to go unchecked.

  • jamesgraham 16th Oct '06 - 4:44pm

    Tom Paine’s post makes no sense. Kelly is a government minister. Either it is government policy for homosexuality to be regarded as sinful, in which case of course she shouldn’t be foreced to resign, or it isn’t, in which case Kelly is abusing her position.

    I was under the impression that the latter was the case, in which case her position is looking problematic.

  • Martin Hoscik 16th Oct '06 - 5:12pm


    “or it isn’t, in which case Kelly is abusing her position”

    wouldn’t be the first time a Roman Catholic abused something…

  • Martin Hoscik 17th Oct '06 - 7:09pm

    I know.

    I was almost ashamed of myself but then I remembered the teachings of the Cult of Rome on the issue of homosexuality and suddenly felt less guilty.

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