Colin Breed to stand down

by Stephen Tall on October 8, 2007

Colin Breed, Liberal Democrat MP for South East Cornwall has announced that he will not seek re-election at the next general election.

Full story over at the ThisIsPlymouth website.

(Hat-tip: Stephen Gilbert commenting on LDV earlier.)

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18 comments

Do you think he’s seen the writing on the wall in Cornwall?

by Jonathan on October 9, 2007 at 12:34 pm. Reply #

“You mean the one that syas ‘Lib Dems win all 6 seats’?”

by Angus Huck on October 9, 2007 at 12:43 pm. Reply #

http://doughty.gdbtv.com/player.php?h=f151a9e78df204f64113d58f6017ce9e

More on the post from Angus.

At least two of the current Conservative candidates don’t even have homes in Cornwall – that is if you don’t count their second homes…..

by Stephen Gilbert on October 9, 2007 at 12:50 pm. Reply #

I think the very first ‘writing on the wall’ (for King Belshazzar) translated as “you have been weighed in the scales and found wanting; your kingdom will be divided”.

Some may think this is a particularly apt description of the Lib Dems’ reign in Cornwall…

by Jonathan on October 9, 2007 at 1:05 pm. Reply #

That’s one less homophobic MP on the green benches.

by Chris on October 9, 2007 at 4:03 pm. Reply #

Murray, the Tory candidate in Breeds area, is a fiesty woman and is getting plenty points and sorry to say she deserves sucess – local,lives there, councillor, salt of earth and so on. As for the Tory women elsewhere they are Londoners with second homes which we will drive home to the death. Sarah Newton in Truro is a toffee nosed londoner and has a £700,000 second home. She has only just returned to cornwall after 25 years away. We understand her daddy has dozens of second homes south of falmouth. Fodder for the cornish voters when the time comes and housing becomes a painful cost. Caroline Righton
is hardly here and has no roots for Cornwall except tenuous business and media failures in falmouth.
The N cornwalls torys’ mummy in law lives in mid cornwall.
The tories hardly exist in cornwall and are in-fighting so come on and give it a good go- all is not lost.

by welsh and proud to be a liberal on October 9, 2007 at 4:58 pm. Reply #

I wasn’t very happy that he kept his front bench job while voting as he did on section 28 but I think “Homophobic” is a bit strong.

by David Morton on October 9, 2007 at 7:39 pm. Reply #

Well, “genuinely homophobic” or “cynically appealing to homophobic votes” – I don’t know the man, so I don’t know which is true, but either way I was very glad when he was belatedly sacked from the Shadow Cabinet (as I was criticised for calling for at the time)…

But I wish him well out of Parliament, and I hope the next Lib Dem selected is, well, a Liberal.

by Alex Wilcock on October 9, 2007 at 9:51 pm. Reply #

And he voted against adoption. I don’t think homophobic is too strong at all, and I’m glad to see the back of him. Totally concur with the comment that the next Lib Dem selected in his seat will hopefully actually be a liberal.

by Chris on October 10, 2007 at 10:34 am. Reply #

Caroline Righton?
What the same one that I used to work with in Camden and then in the Trocadero Centre off Piccadilly Circus?
Cornish roots or dyed roots?

by Duncan Borrowman on October 10, 2007 at 1:05 pm. Reply #

As I recall, he also voted against equal age of consent. IMHO no, homophobic isn’t too strong, so let’s bring on not just another Lib Dem, but a Liberal one this time.

by Greg Lowis on October 10, 2007 at 1:08 pm. Reply #

I wrote to CK at the time saying he should have been sacked from the front bench over section 28 if he didn’t resign. I just think Homophobic is over used as a word. I may be wrong on this occassion.

by David Morton on October 10, 2007 at 3:03 pm. Reply #

It wasn’t homophobic of him. Liberalism is defined by more than attitudes towards sex.

by mindstar on October 11, 2007 at 2:56 am. Reply #

Mindstar, that’s of course true, but liberalism means an attitude which allows other peole to make their own choices as long as they don’t violate the rights of other people to make their own choices, and clearly Breed was against allowing homosexuals to make their own choices.

Probably his religious views and his position as a lay preacher have affected his voting patterns, but though liberalism is for religious freedom, a true liberal can distinguish his political and religious views, and support a legal right for people to make their own choices, even if he wouldn’t approve those choices from his religious point of view.

by Dan E on October 12, 2007 at 8:58 am. Reply #

Just google it…..

and find out just how HOMOPHOBIC it is in Cornwall under the Lib Dems…

search:- Gay Cornwall homophobia

by Malcolm Lidbury on February 26, 2008 at 12:46 pm. Reply #

Glad the awful Breed is going. We don’t want any more religious bigots representing our party. I detest the way these believers in imaginary friends bring their superstitious crap into politics. No more @rsewipes please.

by ColinW on February 26, 2008 at 2:43 pm. Reply #

“Probably his religious views and his position as a lay preacher have affected his voting patterns”

Alan Beith and Roger Roberts seem to manage.

by Hywel Morgan on February 26, 2008 at 4:23 pm. Reply #

We just need to get rid of Lib Dem Andrew George Mp in Cornwall next…

…and if you want to know why, just watch this video about Institutional Homophobia towards gay youth in Liberal Democrat Cornwall.

It is from the youths own youtube channel

by Malcolm Lidbury on April 11, 2008 at 9:06 pm. Reply #

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