Conservative women stole the show on the final evening of the party’s conference as they voiced support for gay and trans rights.
Liz Truss and her team were filmed at Cruz 101 nightclub in Manchester on Tuesday showing their moves to Tina Turner’s ‘Simply The Best’ at a party hosted by LGBT + conservatives.
Michael Gove also took to the dance floor with Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Tugendhat. The duo swayed arm in arm as Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” was performed.
Earlier in the evening, Foreign Secretary Ms Truss was among those who watched Carrie Johnson deliver a rare public speech in which she spoke about the importance of standing up for the rights of gay and trans communities.
Speaking at the Pride reception, sponsored by the Stonewall charity, the Prime Minister’s wife urged the party to fight for the rights of the community.
As her husband watched, Prime Minister Ms Johnson, 33, said she had been “moved to tears” by the abuse she had witnessed from LGBT + people.
“The LGBT + community still faces stigma, harassment and discrimination with hate crimes still a reality,” she said.
“I got along, on behalf of the victim of such a crime, at the pride reception we hosted in Downing Street earlier this year and I was moved to tears.”
She added: “We can say with immense pride that it was a Tory Prime Minister who offered an equal marriage in England and Wales.
“I want you all to know that we now have a Prime Minister who is totally committed to protecting these gains and expanding them further.”
In her only public appearance at the Conservatives’ conference, Ms Johnson acknowledged that there was “still a long way to go” to tackle the discrimination and stigma the community faces.
The speech came after the party was criticized for hosting the LGB Alliance – a group accused of expressing anti-trans views – at the conference.
Elena Bunbury, chair of the LGBT + Conservatives, denounced delegates she accused of “questioning” trans rights.