Bob Blackman, who wants Tories to re-introduce Section 28, re-elected as MP

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Conservative MP Bob Blackman, who said his party should re-introduce a ban on the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality in schools, has clung onto his seat in Harrow East.

Mr Blackman was one of the strongest opponents of same-sex marriage, claiming that “marriage is between one man and one woman” while conducting a decade-long affair behind his wife’s back.

Despite the seat being a key target for Labour, Mr Blackman was re-elected today. He received 24,668 votes – ahead of Labour candidate Uma Kumaran on 19,911. In 2010, he had received 21,435 votes (44.7%), ahead of Labour’s 18,032 (37.6%).

The Conservative previously laid into Tory leader David Cameron for pushing same-sex marriage, claiming in 2012: “I was one of those that strongly believed that Section 28 was the right rules to have in school so that we should not promote in any way shape or form promote same-sex relationships.

“I still abide by that and feel that’s the right way forward, and if teachers are forced to say same-sex relationships are equivalent to heterosexual relationships I’d be very opposed to that.”

Mr Blackman recently claimed voting against the liberties of same-sex couples was among his greatest achievements in Parliament, saying: “As MP for Harrow East, I rebelled against my Government when I felt my constituents were not being best served and acted in accordance with my principles”.

He has also called for people with HIV to be banned from coming to the UK.

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Bob Blackman, who wants Tories to re-introduce Section 28, re-elected as MP