Isle of Wight MP steps down after ‘gay danger remark’

Apr 29, 2017 by

from BBC News:

An MP is standing down after reportedly telling students that homosexuality was “wrong” and “dangerous to society”.

Andrew Turner, the Conservative MP for the Isle of Wight, was said to have made the remarks on a visit to a college in Newport.

They were quickly posted on social media by one of the students, Esther Poucher, 16, who expressed “outrage”.

In a statement, Mr Turner said it was time for “a new generation” to take over after his 16 years in Parliament.

It comes 10 days after he confirmed he would seek re-election after a period of ill health.

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