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Ed Balls ‘most gay-friendly’ of Labour leadership contenders

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  1. Ed Balls was responsible for Amendment 70. John McDonnell would be a much better choice if he decides to stand.

  2. Now lets find out if he can match Nick Clegg on marriage equality. I doubt if he will though.

  3. Who cares, new face on old policies – part of a govt that was dead set against gay marriage becuase of relgious issues, part of a govt that argued that marriage was the traditional one between people of opposite sex, part of a govt that propped up unelected bishops in the house of lords ….. what do any of the new leaders think of gay marriage for the UK, removing inequality ?

  4. theotherone 18 May 2010, 3:14pm

    fvck1ng Queer friendly? Are you joking? What about Amendment 70? Blatant, sickening propaganda.

    I take it Pink News supports Amendment 70?

  5. Ed Balls is such a decisive figure (esp. within the labour party) if he is elected it will be out of power for a generation. Vote Ed!

  6. theotherone 18 May 2010, 3:42pm

    I think they will be out of power for a long time.

    I believe Ed is the favoured figure by the Unions.

  7. Patrick James 18 May 2010, 4:14pm

    I think Ed Balls would make an excellent leader of the Labour party. The quality of all the likely candidates is very high indeed.

    Currently the Labour party is experiencing a massive boost in membership, since election day it has risen more than 13,000, to 167,000, that is a rise of 8.5 per cent.

    It is believed that this is due to huge dessertion by Lib Dem members.

    The Labour party is set to become the progressive party in the UK as the Lib Dems are absorbed into the Conservative party. The progressive Lib Dems are joining the Labour party leaving only the Conservative minded behind.

    I don’t think the coalition is likely to last for a full parliament, so it is very possible that we will be back with a Labour government within a couple of years.

  8. Patrick James 18 May 2010, 4:31pm

    Not related to this PinkNews article but I think very much of interest to those who follow LGBT issues there are reports the Conservatives are going to disband their European Parliamentary grouping the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) before it collapses of its own accord.

    The Conservatives are then to apply to join the European Peoples’ Party (EPP) once again, that’s the group they left of course.

    You can read the source of this info here.

    If this does happen it will be very good news because it means that the Conservatives propping up of the very far right wing homophobes in their grouping will have ended. Not because they wished it to end of course but because their whole European strategy has been such a disaster.

    When the Conservatives reapply to join the European Peoples’ Party (EPP) this will be an act of utter humiliation for them.

  9. theotherone 18 May 2010, 4:36pm

    Progressive Patrick? Is legislating to allow Schools to teach Homophobia progressive?

    I really can’t see how you can look at yourself in the mirror supporting them.

  10. vulpus_rex 18 May 2010, 5:42pm

    Ed Balls might be the most gay friedly but he is also the most repulsive of the labour leadership candidates. He was Brown’s head henchman and was well taught by his equally repulsive master in the arts, of bullying, smear and spin.

    I echo the poster above who welcomes him as leader as it would be one sure way of keeping Labour out of power for another generation.

    I note also with wry amusement that despite all their short lists and overpromoting useless non-entities to positions well beyond their capability that Labour are completely unable to produce anything but white men as candidates.

  11. Lets see Cameron match Portugal’s conservative president by supporting and signing into law, same-sex marriage equality. But no, he won’t because like Blair and Brown, he lives in fear of a backlash from the religious cults and the bigot clergy in the House of Lords. Dumbasses, all of them. None of them progressive let alone radical to make any difference. Cowards all.

  12. Jock S. Trap 18 May 2010, 6:49pm

    Yobbo Ed “So What” Balls for Labour Leader….? Yep if you want Labour out for years! Gets my vote then!!

  13. Amendment 70 is a wet kipper and a rotten one at that. So a few fundie schools dont want anything to do with queers. Their loss i say and lucky escape for us ….. There are more important things to worry about…Move on…..Patrick

  14. ed balls capitulated to religious lobbyists sbout sex education in faith schools, made it perfectly acceptable for faith schools to indoctrinate LGBT children with shame and self hate – so they ac teach ‘according to their ethos’. what you have done to the least of us you have done to all of us, mr balls – go to hell, and take LGBT Labour poodles with you, who cry like babies if their poorly written press releases aren’t printed verbatim in the gay press.

  15. It’s good that these results are in the public domain

  16. theotherone 19 May 2010, 11:45am

    it would appear that Ed is not a popular choice round here.

    What a shame…

  17. Deluded PatrickJames again. The Labour Party is skint, it cannot even afford to run a leadership campaign until the autumn becasue it is so skint (a bit like ot left the country).

    Everyoneone conveniently forget the rumours and smears about certain politicians using dildos and being photographed, do they? Of course nothing to do with Balls, just “Mr McBride”.

    Pink News again shows it political affiliation / commands, push the Brownite

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