A campaign fund to help more LGBT Labour parliamentary candidates has achieved its target of £2,000.

Called Dorothy’s List, the fund met its target in advance of the likely general election.

Chris Mahood, a supporter whose donation pushed the funding over its target, said: “I donated to LGBT Labour’s ‘Dorothy’s List’ this weekend because I’m proud of all Labour has achieved on LGBT rights.

“What LGBT Labour is doing to get more openly gay and lesbian people into parliament is really important, since having ‘out’ MPs has helped to transform LGBT rights. Under Labour, section 28 has been repealed, civil partnerships introduced and the Gender Recognition Act created.”

Katie Hanson, co-chair of LGBT Labour, welcomed the donation.

She said: “I don’t think Chris knew what an important difference his donation would make – ‘Dorothy’s List’ has now met its £2,000 target twelve months ahead of a likely general election. We thank him and the many others who have donated for their support and we will ask our AGM on May 2nd to set a new target for the year ahead.”