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Lardner Tory candidate Philip Lardner has been immediately suspended after he claimed homosexuality is "not normal".

The Scottish Conservative candidate said he agreed with Section 28 and added that "most" people agree that homosexuality is wrong.

David Cameron has immediately suspended him from the party after his comments came to light. A source close to the Tory leader said "Cameron takes a dim view of his words".

Philip Lardner, the candidate for North Ayrshire and Arran, stated in a section on his campaign website that he would support parents and teachers who do not want children to be taught about gay equality.

Mr Lardner is a primary school teacher who unsuccessfully stood for Paisley & Renfrewshire North in 2005.

The incumbent MP for the constituency is Labour's Katy Clark, who is defending a majority of 11,296

The section, which was removed from the website this afternoon, said: "I will always support the rights of homosexuals to be treated within concepts of (common-sense) equality and respect, and defend their rights to choose to live the way they want in private, but I will not accept that their behaviour is 'normal' or encourage children to indulge in it.

"The promotion of homosexuality by public bodies (as per 'clause 28′/section 2a in Scotland,) was correctly outlawed by Mrs Thatcher's government. Toleration and understanding is one thing, but state-promotion of homosexuality is quite another.

"Why should Christian churches be forced by the government to employ homosexuals as 'ministers' against all that the Bible teaches? They are being forced by the government to betray their mission – would the Equality and Human Rights Commission be fined for refusing a job to Nick Griffin?

"Christians (and most of the population) believe homosexuality to be somewhere between 'unfortunate' and simply 'wrong' and they should not be penalised for politely saying so – good manners count too, of course.

"The current 'law' is wrong and must be overturned in the interests of freedom as well as Christian values."



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