Schedule 26 — Hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 7:00 pm on 6th May 2008.

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Photo of Bill Cash Bill Cash Conservative, Stone 7:00 pm, 6th May 2008

I rather sensed that that was the case. No doubt the hon. Gentleman, coming from Oxford, will share the same opinions as those of Richard Dawkins on religious matters. The fact remains that some people have profound beliefs, and they should be entitled to express them. Equally, freedom of speech is intrinsic to our liberties—far more so than the concatenations of the Human Rights Act 1998, which presents vast amounts of legalese to support principles that most people understand in normal parlance and by way of common sense. We have a reputation for tolerance and fair-mindedness as a country, so we do not need the Human Rights Act in order to improve something that is natural to the people of this country.

That is all I need to say. I believe profoundly in free speech and I thoroughly endorse the views expressed by Conservative Members.

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barbara richards
Posted on 7 May 2008 11:00 am (Report this annotation)

Thank you for speaking up for free speech on this issue Mr Cash.