Same sex marriage bid opposed by Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers
CLEETHORPES and Immingham MP Martin Vickers cemented his stance against gay marriage on the BBC's Sunday Politics show.
Appearing on the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire segment of the programme yesterday, Mr Vickers debated the issue with gay marriage supporter, Hull North MP Diana Johnson.
The issue of whether or not to allow gay marriage in churches is set to be voted on in the commons tomorrow.
Mr Vickers said: "I will be opposing the proposals because they are not in any party's manifesto and I don't think we have a mandate for it.
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"The majority of younger people are much more relaxed about it but I believe those over 50 feel very uncomfortable with it.
"I don't think we should railroad through such social change without a mandate."
He added that up to 50 per cent of Tories are expected to vote against the plans.
"I don't think it is a party issue," said Mr Vickers, "I think if you went out onto the streets of Cleethorpes of Immingham you would find similar views."
However, he added: "I rather suspect it will be passed, which I think is regrettable."
Mr Vickers also shared his views on insurance premiums for flood victims and plans for high-speed rail links to the north east.