The Independent on Sunday published its list of the most influential gay people in Britain yesterday, with First Secretary of State Lord Mandelson leading the pack.

Polymath Stephen Fry is at number two, actor Sir Ian McKellen is number three, historian Dr David Starkey is at number four and pop singer Beth Ditto is number five.

Other senior politicians listed include Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw at number eight and Nick Boles, the Conservative party’s Head of Implementation at number 10.

Many names appeared earlier this year on PinkNews.co.uk’s list of the most influential gay, lesbian and bisexual politicians, such as Ray Collins, General Secretary of the Labour party, and Janet Paraskeva, the First Civil Serice Commissioner.

This is the tenth year the Independent on Sunday has produced the Pink List, which can be viewed here.