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Tory candidate Su defends her ‘immoral’ relationships tweet

Politician standing in next month’s local elections faced backlash over comment

20 April, 2018 — By Tom Foot

Hillary Su, pictured with Tory cabinet minister Andrea Leadsom, will contest the West End ward seat in May 3’s local elections

A CONSERVATIVE candidate in a key local elections battleground has defended herself after coming under fire for tweeting about “immoral” relationships.

Hillary Su has been selected to contest the West End ward after long-serving Glenys Roberts was “mysteriously” deselected and popular Paul Church decided not to stand again.

Ms Su had been criticised by Labour opponents for a tweet that promoted a “free society” where all legal personal rela­tion­ship were accepted – even “immoral” ones. She was responding to a tweet about former Lib Dem leader Tim Farron’s views on gay relationships.

In a statement, Ms Su said: “I do not make judge­ments about people’s relationships or what people do in private, and it was never my intention to suggest otherwise. As a Christian, I believe we should embrace love and celebrate it wherever it is found.

Labour candidate Patrick Lilley

“I am proud of the Conservative Party’s record on equality, including the historic step of legalising equal marriage, and I will always support equal rights and the people I represent.”

Ms Su is the only Mandarin-speaking candidate standing in the West End this year.

Labour’s candidate, Patrick Lilley, who used to run Queer Nation gay club in the West End, said: “I think people are people and should not be judged as ‘immoral’ for who they are.

“Residents and visitors to Soho deserve a candidate who respects, not judges them. Soho is not only home to hundreds of LGBT people and their friends and family, but dozens of LGBT businesses and the annual Pride in London festival which brings tens of millions of pounds into the City of Westminster’s economy.”

Mr Lilley is one of three Labour candidates taking on the Conserva­tives in West End.

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