Divorce is a “modern plague” Lincolnshire MP Edward Leigh has claimed.
Divorce costs £46 billion a year, the veteran Tory MP for Gainsborough told parliamentarians, adding “…it is not just about the cost. The point is the human misery that comes in its wake. That is why the debate is so important.”
Despite the current “permissive society”, people have a responsibility to “speak out for what’s right,” he declared according to a report in the Grimsby Telegraph.
Leigh, who is known for his traditional views on family issues, added:
“The decline of traditional marriage has been an unalloyed disaster. People in government, in schools and in Churches are frightened of speaking out about this issue. They think that if they say they support traditional marriage, they are somehow criticising people who are not married or who, for all sorts of reasons that are not their fault, are no longer married, but that is not the case.”
“Surely we can value everyone in society and how they live, while speaking out for what is right in society, which is marriage and people setting out to stay married if they want to bring up children.”
Divorce had left many children leading a “tragic life” the MP added.