Winning for LGBT equality and beating the BNP
Speaking to Manchester based Lesbian & Gay Foundation about the LGBT vote in the forthcoming European Elections, Chris Davies, Liberal Democrat MEP for North West England today said, "Liberal by name and Liberal by nature, Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament are consistent supporters of LGBT Rights. Last week I was proud to vote for the Equalities Directive legislation and saddened to see Tory members sitting on their hands."
In the North West, The Liberal Democrats have consistently stood up against and beaten the BNP in election after election. In 2004 the BNP were widely expected to take control of Burnley Council. A major campaign to beat them back led to the Liberal Democrats taking control instead.
In Europe, Liberal Democrat MEPs have taken the lead in promoting recognition of civil partnerships in countries across the EU, and in persuading more EU countries to accept persecution on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity as a valid reason for seeking asylum.