Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg today launched
The Libdems say:
"It is inhumane for the Government to deport gay people back to the countries where they will be persecuted because of their sexuality. We believe that everyone should be treated equally under the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identification."
"We have long rejected the argument that it would be acceptable for a lesbian or gay person to be deported to a homophobic state, as long as that individual behaved in a ‘discreet’ manner."
"Liberal Democrats will not deport any refugees genuinely fleeing a country because sexual orientation or gender identification may mean that they are at risk of imprisonment, torture or even execution."
- Lib Dem LGBT Manifesto (PDF)
"Ensure safe haven and refugee status for LGBT people fleeing persecution in violently homophobic and transphobic countries."