By HM Government (https://www.gov.uk/government/people/stephen-crabb) [OGL (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/1/)], via Wikimedia Commons

A Tory MP who voted against LGBT equality in numerous votes in Parliament has announced his bid to become the UK’s next Prime Minister.

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The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Stephen Crabb has launched his bid to become the UK’s next PM after David Cameron said he was stepping down, following the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

Stephen Crabb MP for Preseli Pembrokeshire has voted against a number of laws which directly affect LGBT equality dating back to 2007.

According to TheyWorkForYou.com in 2007 Crabb voted against the Equalities Act (Sexual Orientation) which protects gay people from discrimination in the provision of goods, facilities, services, education and public functions because of their sexuality.

In 2013 Crabb voted against allowing same-sex couples the ability to marry. He was then absent for all other votes concerning the interests of LGBT people in the UK, including allowing Armed Forces based outside the UK the ability to marry.

Crabb has stood by his voting decisions by saying, “It wasn’t a clear-cut vote for me, but I don’t regret any vote I’ve taken.”

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He has been criticised for his links to Christian Action Research and Education, an advocacy group which some claim is opposed to full LGBT rights. They provided Crabb with interns in 2010.

The former equalities minister Mr Javid is running alongside on a “joint ticket.”