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Senior local Tories urge David Cameron to delay same-sex marriage vote

by Hannah Furness, Telegraph

A group of 20 senior local Conservatives have today written to Mr Cameron imploring him to delay a vote on same-sex marriage until after the next election.

The “strongly-worded letter”, delivered personally to Downing Street by a delegation of six members this afternoon, protests against the proposals being made “without adequate debate or consultation”.

According to its content, the passing of the Bill will lead to “long-held religious and personal freedoms and the right to free speech” being “adversely affected”, as well as “significant damage” to the Party in the 2015 election.

Highlighting the “level of controversy” and “division of opinion” caused by the proposals, representatives today claimed members of the party are leaving in their droves in protest.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph outside Number 10 today, they have now appealed to a “wooden-headed” Mr Cameron to listen to the roots of the party, arguing more time should be given to the debate before a vote goes ahead.

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Gay marriage: Tory chairmen call for delay on vote, BBC News

Gay marriage: grassroots Conservatives urge David Cameron to delay bill by Juliette Jowit, Guardian

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