Davenport welcomed Theresa May to the event, and thanked
her for her instrumental role in securing affiliation
to the Party. To applause, he said, 'I would like to
thank you publicly, Theresa, for playing such a significant
role in securing our affiliation to the Conservative
May told guests at the event that the Conservatives
were about 'getting government off peoples' backs',
one reason why gay voters should support the party.
gave an enthusiastic response to Theresa May's speech,
which focused on the Conservative case for freedom.
The Shadow Secretary of State also commented on Labour's
failure to deliver for the gay community and the wider
Davenport took the opportunity of the event to discuss
Labour's handling of key issues facing the gay community,
and how the Conservatives could do better than the government
in tackling them. Covering a wide range of issues, he
sought support for people living with HIV who have been
failed by Labour's health reforms, victims of spiralling
hate crime, and those who want their relationship recognised
through a civil partnership.