Another top Tory has expressed his disappointment at the decision of an Ipswich MP to vote for the Marriages (Same Sex Couples) Bill earlier this week. Tory Roads and Transport supremo, Cllr Guy McGregor, who is a member of Suffolk County Council, has hit out at North Ipswich & Central Suffolk MP, Dr Dan Poulter.
Cllr McGregor, who is a member of the Diocesan Synod and a church warden near his home at Hoxne in north Suffolk, said he could not support the change because he saw it as an attack on the traditional family.
He told the East Anglian Daily Times that he had made Dr Dan aware of his views, adding “I will not support him or vote for him again. He knows this and knows why I have taken this decision.
“I have always made this position clear and I tried to have a debate on this at the constituency AGM last year, but it was ruled out of order by the association president.”
Mr McGregor said he accepted that the government now recognised civil partnerships – but could not accept the concept of gay marriage.
The news comes just 24 hours after Ipswich Spy revealed that regular Tory candidate James Spencer had announced his intention not to stand in Bridge Ward over his MP’s decision to support the bill.
Mr Spencer said that Ben Gummer MP had “the look and feel of a 14 year old prodigy who’s showing off to the sixth form debating club when he tries to make a clever point” and that his support for the redefinition of marriage meant that he could no longer support him.
One Ipswich Tory criticised Mr Spencer for stepping down as a candidate, as Cllr Nadia Cenci told her twitter followers “Goodbye to the staid and stuffy I say”.
Cllr McGregor will make his protest by not voting for Dr Dan, but will still be standing as a councillor in May and won’t be resigning from his position on the Tory cabinet. Given the size of Dr Dan’s majority, Ipswich Spy doubts he’ll lose a lot of sleep over Cllr McGregor’s “principled” decision.