Bristol Tory councillor Richard Eddy resigns as parliamentary constituency chairman in protest against single-sex marriage
One of Bristol's four Tory parliamentary constituency chairmen has resigned in protest at David Cameron's "obsession" with introducing legislation permitting single-sex marriages.
Councillor Richard Eddy, chairman of Bristol South Conservative Association, has written to senior Conservative Party chiefs in the city stating that his "conscience compels me to resign the office".
The Coalition Government is tomorrow expected to debate the controversial bill in the House of Commons.
Mr Eddy is a city councillor for Bishopsworth, fought Bristol South for the Tories in the 2001 General Election, and led the Council Conservative Group between 2005 and 2010.
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In addition, he has been constituency chairman for Bristol South on three occasions since the early 1990's.
Mr Eddy (Con, Bishopsworth) commented: "I became a member of the Conservative Party 30 years ago, at the age of 16, and was instrumental in forming the first ever Young Conservative branch in the constituency.
"At the time, one of my reasons for doing so was that I was convinced that the Tory party was one of the most effective ways of protecting a conservative society and the traditional institution of marriage.
"My beliefs and convictions haven't changed, but evidently I was mistaken.
"David Cameron seems obsessed in pursuing his liberal agenda of legislating for single-sex 'marriage', irrespective of the damage it will do, the opposition to the innovation and the fact that you would expect the Government to concentrate upon getting us out of the present recession.
"In the circumstances, with the Prime Minister refusing to listen to the vast majority in his party, my conscience compels me to resign the office of Constituency Chairman."
Cllr Eddy emphasised that he would now devote his energy and efforts to serving his constituents as the Conservative Councillor for Bishopsworth Ward.