by Stephen Tall on January 3, 2008
There’s an in-depth interview with David Heath MP, Lib Dem shadow secretary of state for justice, in Pink News – you can read it in full here. Around half of it is devoted to exploring the Lib Dem stance on the proposed new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.
The other half covers more varied ground, including David’s take on Ming Campbell’s resignation, whether he’s worried by David Cameron (he has a wafer-thin majority over the Tories), and what it’s like to be the only optician – ever – in the Commons.
Elsewhere, Pink News looks at the support of MPs, including the Lib Dems’ Colin Breed and Alan Beith, for an amendment to the incitement legislation which would specifically exempt “criticism of or expressions of antipathy towards, conduct relating to a particular sexual orientation”.
Mr Breed is quoted telling the Cornish Guardian:
“We want to stop this law so the government will see that when the motion comes forward to accept this law, they will heed our proposed changes and amend it.”