Conservative members ‘thrown out of Manchester gay bar’ after being made to feel ‘uncomfortable’ by anti-Tory drag act

Conservative members ‘thrown out of Manchester gay bar’ after being made to feel ‘uncomfortable’ by anti-Tory drag act

Albie Amankona discusses the alleged incident

Ben Chapman

By Ben Chapman

Published: 02/10/2023

- 20:54

Tories have descended on the city for the party conference

A group of Tories were kicked out of a bar in Manchester as a result of their political stance, according to LGBT Conservatives board member Albie Amankona.

It comes as members of the party descend on the city for the party’s annual conference.

According to Amankona, local hostilities towards the Tories were laid bare in a city centre bar.

A drag act is alleged to have made a group of visiting Tory members feel “uncomfortable” by making a series of derogatory remarks about the party, before security stepped in to throw out the group “out of nowhere”.

Albie Amankona and New Union Hotel

Albie Amankona says a number of Tories were caught up in an incident

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He said: “A bunch of gay Conservatives went to The New Union in Manchester and a drag act was on making rude and derogatory comments about Conservatives and Suella Braverman, making them feel very uncomfortable.

“Apparently, some of the other patrons in this venue were being rude, aggressive and unkind to them.”


According to its website, the New Union Hotel is a “hotel and shower in the heart of Manchester’s vibrant Gay Village on Canal Street with a fun and lively atmosphere”.

They add that the venue is a place for “carefree fun”, where you can “leave your inhibitions at the door”.

Amankona said the situation soon escalated as punters voiced their animosity towards the group of Tories, with security guards opting to step in.

“The group decided to stay and finish their drinks anyway, even though they were getting abuse, but half an hour later, out of nowhere, four security guards walked over and threw them out of the bar.”

Eric Kaufmann, former head of Politics at Birkbeck, University of LondonA university professor is set to launch a 'faculty for common sense' at a rival institution after being 'cancelled' by his studentsWiki Commons images/ New America

The LGBT Conservatives board member told GB News that he is concerned about the incident potentially being reflective of a wider issue in society.

He said: “I just think it is absolutely appalling. They are being chucked out for being Conservatives. These places claim to want diversity but not diversity of thought.”

It comes as a university professor prepares to launch a “faculty for common sense” after being “cancelled” by students at his previous job.

Eric Kaufmann, ex-head of politics at Birkbeck, University of London is creating a Centre for Heterodox Social Science at the University of Buckingham.

Speaking on GB News, Amankona dubbed the new centre for research an “exciting project” as it pledges to investigate woke attitudes and controversial subjects such as trans rights and critical race theory.

Kaufmann claims he was the subject of a five-year campaign at Birkbeck for his right-leaning views, which resulted in him leaving the university.

Amankona spoke to Patrick Christys at the Conservative Party conference about the development, adding the Tories are “winning” the culture wars after a speech from Kemi Badenoch about the issue.

“I know Eric Kaufmann quite well and I think what he is doing is a very exciting venture”, he said.

“I think we need more common sense in society and I think when you hear the likes of Kemi Badenoch, they are speaking in a language that is much more similar to the average voter than the likes of Keir Starmer.”

GB News has approached New Union Hotel for comment.

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