Conservatives not honourable
There is nothing honourable about Conservative MPs, representing Leicestershire constituencies, voting against legalisation of gay marriage, as stated by Francisca Martinez ("Losers here will be the children," Mailbox, February 12).
David Cameron, to his credit, has been trying for some time to rid the Conservatives of their wholly-deserved image as "the nasty party", referred to some years ago by the present Home Secretary.
What MPs who voted against gay marriage have clearly shown is the bigoted, outdated views held by many in the Conservative party still reach quite high up.
It is for this reason, more than any other, that the Tories have failed to win an overall majority of seats in Parliament for more than 20 years and, thankfully, why they are exceedingly unlikely to win such a majority in 2015.
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Of course, when laws are changed, the legislative body concerned is confirming that views held in the past were wrong.
When Parliament voted to abolish the death penalty, it was clearly stating that hanging was wrong. When Abraham Lincoln got rid of slavery, he was clearly stating slavery was wrong.
His country and many others are now declaring discrimination against gay people is wrong.
Parliament is to be congratulated on bringing this discrimination to an end.
Graham Howard, Leicester.
Thanks to King Richard III, visitors are pouring into the city, while more are expected when the visitor centre is completed.
Our hospitality industry is confident of a boom time, but I'm very much afraid our visitors will go home disappointed at the way our city looks.
How come? The answer can be seen in our litter-strewn streets.
However hard our valiant team of street cleaners may work, they are forever one step behind those people who couldn't care less what their city looks like.
So, for the sensible majority, may I plead that you do your bit and bin whatever you can – become a "Womble army" and show Leicester really does care about its appearance.
John Burrows, Humberstone.