Theresa May says she ‘shouldn’t have’ voted against the repeal of Section 28

Prime minister Theresa May has admitted she “shouldn’t have” voted against the repeal of the controversial Section 28 in 2002.

Speaking at to ITV’s Paul Brand at the Downing Street LGBT reception – following the launch of the government’s LGBT action plan on Tuesday – May also said that gay conversion therapy was an “abhorrent practice.”

“There’s some things I’ve voted for in the past that I shouldn’t have done and I’ve said sorry. Section 28 obviously would have been one of those things,” she said.

“I hope people can see that the UK has actually changed and Government should be proud of the actions it’s taken. There’s more to do.”

May added: “I hope people will see the fact I recognise that I shouldn’t have taken that view on Section 28. I have developed my views. I want to be seen as an ally of the LGBT community here in the UK.”

The prime minister has previously been criticised for her voting record on LGBT rights, having also voted against gay adoption in 2002. She did, however, vote in favour of same-sex marriage in 2013.

Theresa May launches her Conservative party leadership campaign in Birmingham (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

May also described gay conversion therapy as an “abhorrent practice.” (Christopher Furlong/Getty)

Section 28, which banned schools and councils from “promoting” homosexuality, was finally repealed across the whole of the UK in November 2003.


The prime minister went on to discuss the government’s pledge to outlaw gay ‘cure’ therapy in its new LGBT action plan, saying she was “shocked” to find out it is still used in this country.

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