Cuthbertson said a woman’s ‘promiscuity’ was relevant in determining how likely it was that she consented to sex in alleged rape cases [Image: Leon Neal/Getty Images].

Peter Cuthbertson’s opinions are abhorrent, of course.

It doesn’t matter a jot whether a woman is promiscuous or not with consensual sex – if she doesn’t consent and is forced into the act, that’s rape.

Anyone standing for Parliament should be clear on that.

Likewise with his opinions on homosexuality – at least we can be sure he is not in line with many of his party colleagues on that.

And anybody’s sexual history is their own personal business.

Mr Cuthbertson’s behaviour disgraces himself and his party.

A Conservative candidate in a key marginal seat has said a woman’s “promiscuity” is relevant in determining how likely it is that she consented to sex in alleged rape cases.

Peter Cuthbertson, who is seeking election as the Tory candidate in Darlington, expressed a series of controversial views in a prominent blog he wrote in the early 2000s.

He praised a “courageous priest jailed in Sweden for preaching against homosexuality” and wrote several blogposts about rape claims, including one arguing against proposals to make men prove they obtained consent before sex and restrictions on bringing up a woman’s sexual history in court.

Source: Tory candidate’s blogposts on rape ‘absolutely shocking’ | UK news | The Guardian

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