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Ruth Kelly should resign

October 16, 2006 9:58 AM

The time has come for Ruth Kelly to step down if as equality minister, says Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Women and Equality Lorely Burt MP. Kelly has been absent from every important vote on gay equality since Labour came to power in 1997.

Commenting on reports that Ruth Kelly is blocking plans to require organisations to provide services to people whatever their sexual orientation, Lorely said "We fully believe in the rights of all groups to freedom of speech, whatever the views they espouse may be. However, in any commercial sphere we should not allow any individual or group belief to justify discrimination on the grounds of religion, race, gender or sexual orientation.

"The Government must not water down these proposals. We had always feared that 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."