Theresa May crisis: DUP gay marriage views are irrelevant, says Tory MP

'The Tories will only discuss the economy and Brexit with the DUP', says MP Andrew Rosindell

Andrew Rosindell says the Tory campaign was poor as it was rushed (Stock image)

Monday, June 12, 2017

A Tory MP has played down popular concerns about the Democratic Unionist Party, saying the party's well-publicised views on issues such as same-sex marriage are "a red herring."

Andrew Rosindell told Sam Delaney that the only issues the Tories will discuss with the DUP are Brexit and the economy, so any other issues are an irrelevance.

Having failed to secure a majority in the election, Theresa May and her team are now talking with the Demoratic Unionist Party (DUP) about gaining their support for a minority Tory government.

Rosindell, a former shadow home affairs minister, told Sam Delaney: "It is a win and I’m getting rather bored of everyone trying to make out it was a disaster for the Conservatives."

When Sam broached the DUP's views on issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage, Rosindell said: "We all vote based on our conscience on those issues. 

"This is a red herring, this is nothing to do with stabilising our government and having strong economic policy and dealing with Brexit, [which is] the only thing we’re going to be discussing with the DUP."

Rosindell believes the Tory campaign was poor because "a snap election meant that everything as done in a rush...there were unpopular things in the manifesto which were put in in a rush."

He thinks "the last thing we want is another election. I think people would be very fed up that we’ve had so many elections. 

"We need to get on with Brexit, to be honest that is all that really matters... our laws, our money our borders being controlled by our own government."

Listen to the full interview above