DUP MP Gavin Robinson’s wife hits back at internal party critics of her anti-gay conversion therapy campaigning
The wife of a DUP MP has hit back at those within the party said to have questioned some of her recent comments urging a ban on gay conversion therapy.
DUP MP Gavin Robinson’s wife, Lindsay Robinson, was not explicit as to who she was referring to but on Radio Ulster’s ‘Talkback’ programme yesterday, Belfast Telegraph political editor Suzanne Breen said that she had been told by some DUP members that comments by Mrs Robinson had unsettled some party members.
She said she thought that Mr Robinson would probably have been the choice if Mrs Foster’s supporters had more time to pave the way for him, but added that she had heard from some DUP people “that they believe that positions of his wife, Lindsay, are too liberal on social media and that that is damaging to him – now that’s not something that I’m saying, but that’s something that’s been said to me by DUP people”.
Mrs Robinson has been campaigning to ban gay conversion therapy but last week most DUP MLAs voted against a motion which called for such a ban and said they were worried it could extend to prayer in churches.
Yesterday afternoon Mrs Robinson posted on Twitter: “To whom it may concern: I am my own woman. Always have been, always will be. I speak for myself (no one else) & don’t need permission to do so. Leave me out of the games. Your misogyny is rampant but thankfully this isn’t my first rodeo and, so far, I’ve always survived.”
Mr Robinson responded on Twitter: “Too right. I may be fair game but pick a fight with this one at your peril.”
On Tuesday, Mrs Robinson tweeted a News Letter report that DUP MLA Tom Buchanan believed that God had intervened to suspend abortion services in the Western Trust with the comment: “Jesus, Mary and Joseph and the wee donkey. I’m all out of words and almost everything else at this point.”
Dr Máire Braniff, an academic and one of the authors of ‘The Democratic Unionist Party: From Protest To Power’, told ‘Talkback’ that Mr Robinson had been “fairly untainted” during his career as a spad, lord mayor of Belfast and MP for East Belfast.
The Ulster University lecturer said that he had “a very strong pedigree of political leadership”.