Simon Kirby, Conservative MP for Brighton Kemptown & Peacehaven was unable to attend the LGBT Community Groups Network Open Evening on Wednesday February 25 at Prestomex House due to Parliamentary commitments.
He sent along a message of support which said: I am sorry not to be able to join you at your event, but my Parliamentary duties mean I have to be at Westminster today.
“I am very proud to represent such a diverse constituency as Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven and I stand four-square with my LGBT constituents.
“Amongst many issues, I worked hard on the recent same-sex marriage legislation to help steer it to the statute book, I have been pleased to campaign against the deportation of LGBT people who might face imprisonment or even death if their sexual orientation is discovered by the authorities in their countries of birth, and I have worked hard to ensure that HIV funding and prevention have been high on the Department of Health’s agenda.”
“The work your organisations do on a range of LGBT issues such as equalities, community safety, health and well-being, HIV, older people, social networking, sports and recreation, and arts and culture are vital to ensuring fairness and equal opportunity for all.
“I hope your meeting goes well. I look forward to keeping in touch and I am sorry again that I can’t be with you in person tonight. If I can be of any assistance in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me.”