Simon Kirby, MP for Kemptown in Brighton has appealed to Foreign Secretary William Hague to ‘exert external pressure upon President Putin and his Government’, in protest to the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transvestite (LGBT) people in Russia.
In a letter written to Foreign Secretary William Hague, where in he uses the Foreign Secretaries first name in greeting, ‘Dear William’; he urges him to use the Winter Olympics in Sochi, as the ‘perfect opportunity’ to condemn the Russian Government’s treatment of LGBT people, ensuring the issue receives international attention.
Simon Kirby, Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Sport and Tourism, is latest UK political figure to speak out about the issue of gay rights in Russia.
Matthew Taylor, an independent candidate standing against him in the 2015 General elections says that this proves Simon Kirby is only interested in the interests of the few and not the many.
“Simon Kirby has always championed the interests of his friends and not the majority of his constituents living under the bread line. If only he was so vocal about the Bedroom Tax, and the changes to the Welfare System, which is affecting the majority of his constituents and driving them to suicide.”
“This proves Simon Kirby is unfit for office; by calling for war against the Russians and politicizing the Winter Olympics, he demonstrates an ego of dangerous proportions, which explains why this country is in so much trouble.”
“From now to the general election I am going to prove to the voters of Brighton that Simon Kirby cares nothing for the poor in his constituency, but only the LGBT and rich.”
Simon Kirby goes onto praise the Foreign Secretary as ‘a man who has fought tirelessly for the advancement of human rights across the world’ and provokes war with Russia by calling for ‘external pressure’ to be exerted upon President Putin.
What Simon Kirby means by ‘external pressure’ is unclear, but the threat of action is plain to see, and carries with it the potential to further damage the fragile relationship between Russia and the West, and especially America and the United Kingdom.
Is this man fit to be an MP?