Today's article is graced by a big picture of Stephen Parkinson, Tory candidate for Newcastle-upon-Tyne North. The text accompanying the picture makes out that Stephen is a homophobe. Grice quotes remarks made by Stephen in a Cambridge Union debate in 2002, where he spoke against civil partnerships and gay marriage. Unlike Andy Grice, I have checked my facts and, as I suspected, this was a Cambridge debate where you often stand up and defend positions which are not your own. It's called learning how to debate. Stephen tells me he never adopted this position personally and doesn't now. If Andy Grice had done him the courtesy of phoning him, he'd have been told that too.
Stephen hasn't got an anti-gay bone in his body. Why would he? He is gay himself! When I spoke to him earlier, Stephen told me...
"I'm actually in favour of gay marriages - and rather hope to have one myself one day."
UPDATE: What a pity Sunder Katwala didn't check either. Very unlike him.