Conservative MPs across the East are set to defy the Prime Minister and vote against proposals for equal marriage. Those who say they can't support the plans for gay marriage include Northamptonshire MPs Peter Bone , Brian Binley and Andrea Leadsom, Norfolk MPs George Freeman and Henry Bellingham, Waveney MP Peter Aldous, Essex MPs Priti Patel and Douglas Carswell and Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson. Many Conservatives believe the Government have got their priorities wrong and shouldn't be pushing through the legislation when there are bigger issues to deal with like the economy. Mid Bedfordshire MP Nadine Dorries say she will not support the measure and told Parliament she does not believe the Bill supports equality .
Those who have said they will support the measure include Government ministers and Suffolk MPs Matt Hancock and Dr Dan Poulter. Essex MP Bernard Jenkin has also said he will vote in favour saying "it cannot be right to deny marriage to those who want to make that commitment". Milton Keynes South West MP Iain Stewart has also said he will support the move and says, of course the Government can deal with more than one issue at a time.
The vote on the Marriage (same sex couples ) Bill will be a free vote so MPs don't have to vote along party lines, but the Prime Minister is a strong supporter of the measure. However despite a likely large number of Conservative MPs voting against the measure, it is supported by most Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs so the legislation is set to pass its first parliamentary hurdle tonight.