Monday, June 18, 2007

Same old Tories, same old prejudices

A poll (carried out for the Times) of Labour, Tory and Lib Dem MPs reveals some deep also big divisions within the Tory party. The survey of 128 MPs was conducted by Populus between May 9 and June 1 finds Labour MPs to be far more cohesive than their Tory counterparts.

On virtually every question/statement in the poll 83% or more of Labour MPs agree.

In contrast, on several key questions Tory MPs are deeply divided. For example:

Only 46% of Tory MPs agree with their leader that gay couples should have the same rights as heterosexual couples.

48% of Tory MPs are of the view that the present diverse mix of races, cultures and religions has NOT improved Britain.

Private schools appear as a sharp dividing line. 85% of Labour MPs believe “it would be better for the country if everyone who sends their children to private schools chose to send them to state schools instead”, a view backed by only 7% of Tory MPs.

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