Another peer suspended in disgrace: Ken Maginnis brands gay MPs as “queers and deviants”

Lord Maginnis Pic credit: BBC

Peers homophobic remarks lead to his suspension

Peers accepted last week a highly critical report from the House of Lords Conduct Committee, chaired by Lord Mance, a former Supreme Court judge, that the peer was guilty of ” bullying” and” harassment” of a security guard and of ” homophobic ” attacks on two gay MPs.

The peer believes he is the subject of persecution by Stonewall because he opposes same sex marriage and even accused Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, the Lords Commissioner for Standards, as biased against him because she supported Out4Marriage a charity that supports gay marriage. She has made it clear that this did not influence her judgement one jot.

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass , a former Ulster Unionist MP who sat as an Independent, had a row with a security guard, Christian Bombolo, when he forgot his security pass and demanded to be let into Parliament without one. The exchange became so toxic that an MP who witnessed the incident, Hannah Bardell, SNP MP for Livingston, intervened only to be attacked by the peer using homophobic language.

Like Pollard MP : Pic credit: Twitter

The second incident happened at a meeting of the Armed Forces All Party Parliamentary Group which was chaired by Luke Pollard, Labour MP for Plymouth, Sutton. The dinner meeting broke up before Lord Maginnis could ask his question and he blamed Luke Pollard for this.

The report says: “Later in the evening Lord Maginnis sent an email to James Gray MP (the Chair of the APPG), copied to a number of other parliamentarians and to my office, with the subject heading “Discrimination by Homos”.

“Mr Gray replied saying the Mr Gray replied describing Lord Maginnis’s conduct at the meeting and the content of his email as “completely and utterly unacceptable”.

He requested that Lord Maginnis withdraw his remarks and apologise, without which he would not be welcome at any future APPG events.

Lord Maginnis replied that Mr Pollard was “obviously part of the ongoing campaign against me because of MY views on the matter relating to the Cameron initiative [same-sex marriage]” and that he was “getting somewhat irked by being discriminated against so, as for any apology, forget it!”

But Lord Maginnis attended the next meeting which led to another complaint being lodged by Toby Perkins, Labour MP for Chesterfield, who was also a member of the group.

“Unapologetically homophobic and aggressive “

The report says: “Before the meeting began, he saw Lord Maginnis in conversation with James Gray MP. He later understood that Mr Gray had told Lord Maginnis he could not attend the event due to his previous conduct towards Luke Pollard.
“According to Mr Perkins, Lord Maginnis “quickly responded aggressively refusing to leave and implying that the Chair would have to physically remove him”. He overheard Lord Maginnis saying “I am not going to be bullied by queers.”
Mr Perkins said that Lord Maginnis’s “entire tone was unapologetically homophobic, aggressive and disrespectful”.

“It made me feel that it was not a safe environment for—I mean, particularly for people who were gay, but I think there is a sense to which we are all conditioned and harassed by the sense that we’re not all free to be at an event like that. So both the sort of the tone of the remarks and the content of them, I think, was upsetting.”

Maginnis refused to accept finding

Lord Maginnis refused to accept he had done anything wrong but said part of his behaviour was because he was a type 2 diabetic with arthritis and often in pain and had difficulty with his hearing.

This is yet another peer who seems to think that bullying and harassment and his case homophobic views are quite acceptable. While I am sure that most peers do know how to behave, it looks as though a small minority are still clinging on to outdated views and remarkably aggressive behaviour.

As Luke Pollard says in the report that he was “shocked and surprised that this type of behaviour would happen within Westminster”.
“While he did not consider Lord Maginnis’s behaviour during the dinner to be acceptable, it was his remarks in the later email chain he had found most offensive. He said those emails made him feel like a “victim of abuse”.

3 thoughts on “Another peer suspended in disgrace: Ken Maginnis brands gay MPs as “queers and deviants”

  1. A throwback to the Neanderthal days is sent back to his cave – but I’m sure the expenses forms will still be submitted. The House Of Lords still remains the refuge of the incompetents or the favoured acolytes who will never comprehend the difference between the arse and elbow…

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  2. The problem is the cavemen days are not that distant 53 years to be precise when the Labour government addressed many social issues and brought in legislation to deal with what many viewed as a champagne socialist élite imposing laws that where unchristian and against the teachings of the Bible. It was the path to Soddom & Gomarah said many I label it a clash of cultures. Unfortunately bringing in a Act of Parliament to clean the streets does not mean the streets will be kept clean? Only when they realise their litter is causing health problems they may comply .
    But there is a bigger issue and that is of socialisation and education, telling someone to respect a homosexual or coloured person. when your culture and laws where biased against them or in the case of gay people arresting them for their deviant practices the previous day needs some explaining and then when the Church condems homosexuality as a sin is it any surprise people did not embrace the new acts of Parliament with much enthusiasm.
    They had been told Homosexuality and Adultery was a sin against God or immoral and a homosexual would prey upon young children and frequented public toilets. As for Race, had not the English-speaking people been educated to believe that the Empire brought enlightenment to black races and we sent missionaries to save their souls and rescue them from Cannibalism. Did not the older generation including myself have Empire days, the black African was a primitive creature who had no civilisation no history, and we where told as children not to go xxxxx as the Arabs lived there.
    This is why today many older people have not embraced the 1960’s reforms as they are prisoners of what the elite would see as a bygone culture, but ask yourself is it the individual who should be in the dock or should it be the state?

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