Stonewall requests Howard to sanction Tebbit for remarks

Stonewall has demanded that Michael Howard withdraw the party whip from Lord Tebbit after the Conservative peer's homophobic remarks on Radio 4's Today programme last week.

During a discussion on child obesity, the former Tory Party chairman attacked the Government for "undermining the family". Tebbit cited the Civil Partnership Bill to point out that the Government was doing "whatever it can to promote buggery".

"These remarks are extremely distressing," said Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall. "It's incredible that Lord Tebbit manages to shoehorn his extreme prejudices against gay people into a discussion on child obesity."

Summerskill believes Howard, who withdrew the whip from Ann Winterton for racist jokes, should take the same action with Tebbit.

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