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Wednesday 16 October 2002

House of Lords reject The Adoption and Children Bill

The House of Lords has voted 196 to 162 to reject the amendment which would have permitted unmarried heterosexual couples and gay couples (male or female) to adopt jointly. The motive, according to Conservative spokesman Lord Howe, was to protect children.

It is expected the Bill will now return to the House of Commons where the Lords vote will be overturned, but probably too late for the Opening of Parliament on 13 November.

It is clear that the Conservative Party's pretence that it is now pursuing 'inclusive' policies is just so much hot air, designed to persuade voters that the party has reformed itself.

But it has not.

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