Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Cameron at odds with his own MP's

. Tony Blair famously set himself against his own party numerous times and now David Cameron seems to be following in his footsteps. He voted against the majority of Conservative MPs who took part in the division yesterday on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. Altogether 37 Tories voted in favour with 49 voting against.

This is not the first time Cameron has been out on a limb either. According to Professor Philip Cowley, this is the fourth time he has been in a minority in his own party in Commons votes recently. The others were votes cast in favour of an 80-per-cent-elected House of Lords (where the Conservatives split 80/103 against); gay adoption (29/85 against); and the abolition of blasphemy (37/51 against).

All in all what this shows is the largely cosmetic nature of Cameron's re-branding of the Conservatives as a 'caring' party. As we have already seen today with the argument that lesbian couples should be denied IVF treatment unless they can provide a 'male role model' the Conservative Party remains as bigoted at heart as always.

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