Havant MP Alan Mak was one of the Tories who made lengthy speeches about the Merchant Shipping Bill brought by John Glen, designed to abolish the fact a member of the Merchant Navy can be dismissed for acts of homosexuality on a vessel.
This left Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas with little time to talk about her draft legislation in the Commons.
She said: ‘Although I completely support the bill that preceded mine, there is an irony that has not gone unnoticed. Members have spent hours debating a wholly uncontroversial bill, while mine is about tackling discrimination and bullying around lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. It is a great shame that there is not more time to debate it.’
Mr Mak said: ‘The issue I spoke about is not acceptable in a modern society, and is of relevance to the Havant area, which has a proud maritime tradition.
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‘I understand Ms Lucas is disappointed, but that is because her bill had no MPs prepared to speak for it other than her, whereas John Glen’s bill had 10.’