National Trust members set to vote over backing of Pride celebrations following backlash

During the meeting, members will be asked whether they “deplore” the charity being involved in Pride events as a “divisive and unaccountable waste” of subscriptions

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The National Trust is set to face a tense annual meeting over its backing of Pride celebrations.

During the meeting, members will be asked whether they “deplore” the charity being involved in Pride events as a “divisive and unaccountable waste” of their subscriptions.

While they will also cast their votes on whether the chairman should be allowed to cast proxy votes amid accusations that the process is being used to “distort” the outcome.

The resolution is understood to have been proposed by head of a Christian lobbying group, Stephen Green as well as four others.

The National Trust
The National Trust

They say the backing of pride events have said they had amounted to “virtue signalling”.

Mr Green has previously been slammed for his views, after he described homosexuality as a “deviant lifestyle”.

Speaking about the resolution, Mr Green said: They [the National Trust] can’t account for the money they’ve spent on it.”

Mr Green was then pressed on gay rights, to which he added: “Whatever the Bible says, I’m with that.”

While the National trust has called on its members to vote against the resolution because it “runs counter to our ethos”, adding that the charity is “for everyone”.

It continued: “We serve the whole of our wonderfully diverse society. This includes supporting staff, volunteers and visitors to take part in cultural celebrations including Pride, which they have been doing for many years.”