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Petitioning Member of Parliament for Eddisbury Stephen O'Brien MP and 12 others

MPs should sever links with the Christian charity CARE which co-sponsored 'gay cure' event


***Please note that the charity involved is the Christian charity CARE (Christian Action Research and Education) which is not associated in any way with the charity CARE International***

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We call on the 13 MPs listed below to sever links with the charity CARE (Christian Action Research and Education)which co-sponsored a 'gay cure' conference in April 2009 and an event called "Is Gay Real" in 2007. A Director & Trustee of CARE is also a Director & Trustee of Anglican Mainstream, the organisation which tried to run 'gay cure' bus adverts in London in April 2012. He moderated part of a conference called "The Lepers Among Us : Homosexuality and the Life of the Church" which discussed "same sex sins" that was held in January 2012.  

Since the 2007 ‘gay cure’ conference took place, 20 MPs have received an intern paid for by CARE as part of its Educational Leadership Programme. Two MPs are no longer in the house. As a result of this petition five MPs have publicly stated they will no longer participate in the intern scheme.

We are concerned that by accepting material support from CARE and actively participating in its Educational Leadership Programme, which seeks to place interns with Christian values in public life, the MPs listed below could be seen to be implicitly supporting the views of the charity and, in turn, their co-sponsorship of conferences discussing “Therapeutic approaches to Same-Sex Attraction” and “Mentoring the sexually broken”.

The MPs who have made declarations of material support in the form of interns paid for by the charity CARE (Christian Action Research and Education) since the ‘gay cure’ conference took place are:

Rt Hon Sir Alan Beith MP, Berwick-Upon-Tweed (LibDem) 

David Burrowes MP, Enfield Southgate (Con) 

Paul Burstow MP, Sutton and Cheam (LibDem) 

Alistair Burt MP, North East Bedfordshire (Con) 

Stephen Crabb MP, Preseli Pembrokeshire (Con) 

John Glen MP, Salisbury (Con) 

Stephen O’Brien MP, Eddisbury (Con) 

James Paice MP, South East Cambridgeshire (Con) 

Andrew Selous MP, South West Bedfordshire (Con) 

Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP, Meriden (Con) 

Gary Streeter MP, South West Devon (Con) 

Desmond Swayne MP, New Forest West (Con) 

Steve Webb MP, Northavon (LibDem)

David Lammy MP, Tottenham (Lab) and Elizabeth Kendall MP, Leicester West (Lab), Sharon Hodgson MP, Washington and Sunderland West (Lab) and Catherine McKinnell MP, Newcastle Upon Tyne North (Lab) and Tim Farron MP, Westmoreland and Lonsdale (Lib Dem),  have also made declarations of material support from CARE since the 'gay cure' event but have stated that they will no longer participate in the intern programme in future, as a direct result of this petition. Former MPs David Drew (Stroud, Lab) and Andrew Reed (Loughborough, Lab) also made such declarations but are no longer in the House of Commons.

Homosexuality is not a disease. The Royal College of Psychiatrists clearly state this and add  "so-called treatments of homosexuality create a setting in which prejudice and discrimination flourish".

The same charity CARE is actively fundraising to provide sex and relationship education material to primary school age children " to help young people make value choices and to strengthen family relations" and has established the 'Sex and Relationships Education Council' to "promote the best possible sex and relationship education both at home and at school".  

CARE is also a founding member of the Coalition for Marriage, which is campaigning against the legalisation of equal marriage rights. 

In light of this, we call on the MPs listed above to follow David Lammy MP  Liz Kendall MP,  Sharon Hodgson MPCatherine McKinnell MP and Tim Farron MP in condemning the 'gay cure' conference and confirming that they will sever links with CARE and will no longer participate in its intern programme. 

More info:

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2009/04/26/100-protest-outside-london-gay-cure-conference/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/13/gay-cure-christian-charity-mps-interns?newsfeed=true

***Please note that the charity involved is the charity CARE (Christian Action Research and Education) which is not associated in any way with the charity CARE International***

Letter to
Member of Parliament for Eddisbury Stephen O'Brien MP
Member of Parliament for Preseli Pembrokeshire Stephen Crabb MP
Member of Parliament for Enfield Southgate David Burrowes MP
and 10 others
Member of Parliament for South West Devon Gary Streeter MP
Member of Parliament for Meriden Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP
Member of Parliament for South West Bedfordshire Andrew Selous MP
Member of Parliament for South East Cambridgeshire James Paice MP
Member of Parliament for Salisbury John Glen MP
Member of Parliament for North East Bedfordshire Alistair Burt MP
Member of Parliament for Sutton and Cheam Paul Burstow MP
Member of Parliament for Northavon Steve Webb MP
Member of Parliament for New Forest West Desmond Swayne MP
Member of Parliament for Berwick Upon Tweed Rt Hon Sir Alan Beith MP
I just signed the following petition addressed to: All MPs who have declared material support from the Christian charity CARE (Christian Action Research and Education) in the form of an intern.

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Stop receiving support from a registered charity which co-sponsored a 'gay cure' event, is producing sex-education material for Primary School age children and is a leading partner in the 'Coalition for Marriage' which opposes same sex marriage.

We the undersigned call on the MPs listed below to publicly state that they will no longer accept material support from the Christian Charity CARE, which in 2009 co-sponsored a ‘gay cure’ conference.

Homosexuality is not a disease. The Royal College of Psychiatrists clearly state this.

The MPs listed below have declared in the Members’ Register of Financial Interests that they have received an intern paid for by CARE as part of its Educational Leadership Programme and have registered such declarations since the ‘gay cure’ conference took place.

The ‘gay cure’ conference took place on 24th and 25th April 2009 and was widely publicised as a result of the large protests that were organised by gay rights and equality campaigners outside the event.

We are concerned that by accepting material support from CARE and actively participating in its Educational Leadership Programme, which seeks to place interns with Christians in public life, the MPs listed below could be seen to be implicitly supporting the views of the charity and, in turn, their co-sponsorship of a conference held on 24th and 25th April 2009 at which discussed “Therapeutic approaches to and understandings of Same-Sex Attraction.”

The same charity is currently fundraising to develop and provide sex and relationship education material for use in Primary Schools.

We call on the MPs listed below to follow David Lammy MP, Liz Kendall MP, Catherine McKinnell MP, Sharon Hodgson MP and Tim Farron MP who have all confirmed that they will no longer accept an intern from the charity.

The following MPs have made declarations of material support in the form of interns paid for by the Christian charity CARE and have made such declarations since the ‘gay cure’ conference took place.

Rt Hon Sir Alan Beith MP, Berwick-Upon-Tweed (LibDem)
David Burrowes MP, Enfield Southgate (Con)
Paul Burstow MP, Sutton and Cheam (LibDem)
Alistair Burt MP, North East Bedfordshire (Con)
Stephen Crabb MP, Preseli Pembrokeshire (Con)
John Glen MP, Salisbury (Con)
Stephen O’Brien MP, Eddisbury (Con)
James Paice MP, South East Cambridgeshire (Con)
Andrew Selous MP, South West Bedfordshire (Con)
Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP, Meriden (Con)
Gary Streeter MP, South West Devon (Con)
Desmond Swayne MP, New Forest West (Con)
Steve Webb MP, Northavon (LibDem)

David Lammy MP, Tottenham (Lab), Elizabeth Kendall MP, Leicester West (Lab), Catherine McKinnell MP (Lab), Sharon Hodgson MP (Lab) and Tim Farron MP (Lib Dem) also made declarations of material support from CARE but have now publicly stated that they would no longer accept an intern from the organisation.

Former MPs David Drew (Stroud, Lab) and Andrew Reed (Loughborough, Lab) also made such declarations but are no longer in the House of Commons.

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Kind regards,