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Matthew Sephton, former National Chairman of LGBTory
LGBTory is the LGBT organisation within the Conservative Party.

The first LGBT Conservative group was called CGHE (Conservative Group for Homosexual Equality). It was founded in 1975 by Professor Peter Campbell of Reading University. Its chairman from 1980 was the former minister Ian Harvey. It was reconstituted at the Conservative Party Conference in 1991 and was renamed TORCHE (the Tory Campaign for Homosexual Equality) under the chairmanship of David Starkey.[1] This group was active until about 2003. Some some years later LGBTory[2] was formed.

Matthew Sephton was elected Chair of LGBTory in 2009,[3] and Colm Howard-Lloyd in 2014.[4]


  1. TORCHE website, via the Internet Archive
  2. "The Conservative LGBT Group"
  4. Accessed: 2015-12-21. (Archived by WebCite® at