Sunday, 2 May 2010

Conservative Views?

The Conservative Parliamentary candidate for the Sutton & Cheam constituency, Philippa Stroud, has been accused by today's Observer newspaper of founding a church that tried to 'cure' homosexuals by 'driving out their demons'.

The newspaper, which yesterday switched its allegiance to the Liberal Democrats, tips Mrs Stroud to win the constituency seat in Thursday's General Election.

It quotes one former member of Mrs Stroud's church as saying:

"She really believed things like homosexuality, transsexualism and addiction could be fixed just by prayer, all in the name of Jesus."

In a statement, Philippa Stroud said:

"I make no apology for being a committed Christian. However it is catagorically untrue that I believe homosexuality to be an illness and I am deeply offended that the Observer has suggested otherwise.

"I have spent more than 20 years working with disturbed people who society have turned their back on and who are often not. The idea that I am prejudiced against gay people is both false and insulting."

The consituency seat of Sutton & Cheam is currently held by Liberal Democrat MP Paul Burstow who was returned in the 2005 General Election with a reduced majority of just 2,486.