At a fringe event today at the Conservative Party Conference, London Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis put forward arguments for equality for LGBT people in public life.

At an event organised by Stonewall with LGBTory entitled “Ensuring LGBT representation in public life”, Mrs. Yannakoudakis said: “We’ve seen how Labour’s all women shortlists produced the identikit Blair Babes. Women candidates don`t want to be political window dressing. Gays and lesbians, like women, want equality, not special treatment.”

Mrs. Yannakoudakis is a member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality. She has launched a campaign in the European Parliament for the Women’s Rights Committee to broaden its competences to advance equality of opportunity for all, including men and women who experience discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, disability, religion and sexual orientation.

Mrs. Yannakoudakis’ work in the European Parliament has supported amendments which bolstered transgender people’s rights.

&rlduo;I am also currently pushing to ensure that same–sex partners have the same rights as married couples when it comes to the mobility of workers in the EU. Mobility is one of the keys to making a success of Europe, allowing British business to exploit the benefits of the Single Market. Why should the gay and lesbian workforce be discriminated against? ”, she said at the event.

The event was also attended by Conservative MPs Nick Herbert (Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice) and Stuart Andrew.

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