Former Conservative Party chairman Lord Tebbit snubs Sunday services conducted by a gay dean

May 13, 2018 by

by Jonathan Petre, Mail on Sunday:

Lord Tebbit has provoked outrage by vowing to boycott services conducted by a gay dean the Tory peer has branded a ‘sodomite’.

The former Conservative Party chairman has been attending the cathedral near his home in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, for nine years but has told The Mail on Sunday he will no longer go there when the recently appointed Rev Canon Joe Hawes is officiating.

The 87-year-old Tory grandee is adamant that the canon of St Edmundsbury Cathedral is a ‘sodomite’ – a biblical term seen as unacceptable by gay people.

Lord Tebbit said: ‘I find it difficult to accept a sodomite as a member of the clergy who will, for example, be called upon to conduct marriage services. I will struggle to attend if he is officiating.’

His comments were condemned last night, with one prominent gay Conservative calling for him to be thrown out of the party.

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