General Election 2010: Sacked Tory candidate says Cameron is not fit to be PM Published Date: 04 May 2010
A FORMER Conservative election candidate who was sacked for making homosexual slurs has launched a savage attack on David Cameron. Philip Lardner, who is now standing as an independent in North Ayrshire and Arran, called his former leader "frighteningly weak".
He described his suspension from the party as "opportunism of the worst kind" and claimed Mr Cameron was "spurred on by obsequious advisers".
In a letter to The Scotsman, he also said the Tory leader's actions "should give cause for concern as a potential prime minister". Mr Lardner has also been put under a "precautionary suspension" from his job as a teacher.
He wrote the comments which led to both suspensions in response to a Conservative U-turn on Section 28, which prevented civil partnerships being promoted in schools.
Last year, Mr Cameron apologised for trying to block Labour repealing the law, which had been introduced by Margaret Thatcher's government in the 1980s. Mr Lardner wrote on his blog, under the heading 'What I believe in' that "homosexual behaviour is not normal behaviour".
The Conservatives branded his remarks "deeply offensive" and suspended him immediately.