Five MPs from the ITV Yorkshire region have signed up to an alliance opposed to Government plans to legislate for same-sex marriages.
They are among 58 parliamentarians who have put their names to an open letter to the Daily Telegraph warning ministers they have no mandate for the proposed change.
At the last election, none of the three main parties stood on a platform to redefine marriage. It was not contained in any of their manifestos, nor did it feature in the Coalition’s Programme for Government. These facts alone should have led to extreme caution on the part of those calling for this change to be made.
– An extract from the open letter to the Daily Telegraph
Instead the Government is ignoring the overwhelming public response against the plans. The consultation has ignored the views of 500,000 British residents in favour of anonymous submissions from anyone anywhere in the world. We believe that the Government does not have a mandate to redefine marriage.
The letter has been signed by:
- David Davis MP (Conservative, Haltemprice and Howden)
- Andrew Bingham MP (Conservative, High Peak)
- Karl McCartney MP (Conservative, Lincoln)
- Anne McIntosh MP (Conservative, Thirsk and Malton)
- Craig Whittaker MP (Conservative, Calder Valley)