Welcome to the Nasty Party conference
Andy McSmithDavid Cameron has been warned that his attempts to shed the Conservative Party's "nasty party" image are being undermined by organisers of a mass rally against gay marriage.
About 900 people, the majority of them active members of the Conservative Party, will crowd into Birmingham Town Hall at lunchtime today to hear the former Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, the former Home Office minister Ann Widdecombe and others give speeches on why there should be no change in the legal definition of marriage to recognise same-sex couples.
The meeting will be ringed by a heavy police presence to prevent anyone getting in apart from party representatives and others with valid passes to the Tory conference. Several organisations, including the public sector union, the PCS, are holding what they call a "Picket the Bigots" protest outside the town hall. They accuse the rally's organisers of wanting to turn back the clock on the rights won by gays and lesbians.
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"Welcome to the Nasty Party conference", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), août 2012. Consulté le 26/09/2023. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/welcome-to-the-nasty-party-conference