Statement following the defection of Philip Lee
Unfortunately, LGBT+ Liberal Democrats were not informed of Phillip Lee's defection before it had happened. Given our party both welcomes immigrants and supports making PrEP available on the NHS throughout the UK, we are very troubled by his previous public voting record and views on same-sex marriage, HIV and providing drugs for conditions he views as lifestyle choices.
Lee's comments made on the BBC just hours after his defection that he stands by his widely-condemned views from 2014 on HIV testing immigrants have done nothing to allay the fears of our members.
I have today written to Jo Swinson MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, and Chief Whip Alastair Carmichael requesting an urgent meeting to discuss our concerns.
Acting Chair, LGBT+ Liberal Democrats