Northern Heckler, you might have a point if more than 20 Tory Associations hadn\’t selected openly gay candidates in safe and winnable seats. 8% of the Tory Parliamentary Party is likely to be gay after the next election.
Now yes, I know, The Tory Party isn\’t the one that bangs on about how our representatives must be representative of the wider population. It\’s the Labour Party that does that. All that stuff about how, given that women are 50% of the population then 50% of MPs should be and so on.
And yes, this need for representativeness does extend from merely gender. Race and sexuality are also evoked as requiring that the profile of MPs as a whole should be similar to that of the population as a whole.
I would also point to estimate of the prevalence of homosexuality in the population. Depends upon who you talk to but it\’s somewhere between 1-2 % of the population and 10%. The former number is roughly those who are out and proud, the latter rather a cod number made up by counting anyone who has ever had a same sex sexual experience as gay. (Using that logic if Peter Tatchell has ever had vaginal sex then he\’s heterosexual which isn\’t what any of us would actually mean by that description.)
But if that 1-2% of out and proud number is correct and the 8% of our and proud Tory MPs is also correct then….well, why aren\’t people urging the Tory Party to discriminate in favour of heterosexual candidates?
And if not, why not?