Gay tory candidate quits in homophobia row

News reaches us from Wakefield that a Nathan Garbutt, a 21 year old Tory candidate in the recent local elections, has quit the Tory Party in a row over allegations of homophobia.

Garbutt, who said, “the local Conservatives have always tried to keep my sexuality quiet”, finally left when local members were “outraged” that he planned to appear in gay magazine Attitude.

He said: “Most Conservatives in Wakefield are grey-haired, grey suit-wearing, straight men. I was surprised by their reaction because I thought it was a brilliant opportunity to show we were more diverse than people think.

“I think they are worried that Wakefield people are strait-laced and it might reflect badly on them.”

During a recent visit from Ann Widdecombe, he was told not to mention his sexuality. 

However, Garbutt, a founder member of the local youth group Conservative Future, warned that other young people in the local party would be discouraged: “There are quite a few gay people in Conservative Future, but a lot of them are now reconsidering their positions.”

But Cllr Philip Booth, deputy leader of the Conservative Group, retorted that, “It has absolutely nothing to do with sexuality. If he had raised it with us he would have been told it wasn’t an issue”

9 Responses to Gay tory candidate quits in homophobia row

  1. Andrea says:

    I wonder who Labour and the other parties sent for the shirtless activists photo shots!

    Maybe reading the news Alan Duncan will offer himself to do a couple of poses…he’s already experimenting on his website

  2. Ian G says:

    I have to say, the idea of council candidates doing shirtless photo-shoots should be firmly discouraged!!

  3. Alan Duncan’s posing is bad enough in a shirt let alone without!

  4. Chortle says:

    “There are quite a few gay people in Conservative Future, but a lot of them are now reconsidering their positions.”

    It’s normally doggy isn’t it?

    Sorry… Couldn’t resist.

  5. Benjamin says:

    “But Cllr Philip Booth, deputy leader of the Conservative Group, retorted that, “It has absolutely nothing to do with sexuality. If he had raised it with us he would have been told it wasn’t an issue”

    That I find difficult to believe. For some Conservatives it isn’t an issue at all. For others it is an issue if you raise it, in other words they don’t really want to be told.

  6. Andrea says:

    politicalcorrespondent…I disagree: I wouldn’t mind to see him shirtless.
    However he has already done it. He once posed for a nude calendar wearing just a pair of boots, a Christmas Hat and a pic of the Iron Lady covering his intimate parts!

  7. 😮 That’s an image I didn’t need.

  8. Jon says:

    Can anyone post these pics to me? I wouldnt mind seeing them. I think its great someone made politics more attractive

  9. Kirsty Blower says:

    I believe Nathan Garbutt the guy who resigned is now running an independent campaign and with lots of support from local people. Good Luck to him. The pictures were very good by the way, its a shame they didnt support him as he donated the money he made to charity.

    Nathan can be contacted at

    arronnathan03@aol.com

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