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Shadow Equalities Minister: ‘Removing Section 28 was one of Labour’s most important acts’

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  1. Funny how she chooses not to mention how Labour supported the introduction of the Clause, and how their unwillingness to include repeal in their manifesto nor to stand up to the reactionaries in the Lords meant Section 28 stayed on the statute for years after it could have been gone.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 18 Nov 2013, 12:30pm

      You are absolutely right about that, blame to go around on all sides. Funny, I didn’t hear any MP rant about the lack of its inclusion in the Labour Manifesto when legislating to repeal it, least of all from the Tories and fifteen years later, it was the Tories who traduced the marriage bill as having no mandate or mention in their party manifesto. Hypocrisy knows no bounds.

    2. The Labour party repealed it. That’s a great thing. Why not thank them for doing that instead of being negative about it?

      It would be like be negative and not thanking the Conservative party for introducing same sex marriage as they introduced section 28 in the first place, and because the majority of tory MP’s didn’t support the change in law.

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 18 Nov 2013, 12:27pm

    Wellsaid, Gloria! Now is not the time to become complacent since passage of equal marriage. Bullying, compulsory comprehensive sex and relationship education must now be an urgent priority and if faith based schools are receiving government funding at taxpayer expense, they too must not be allowed an exemption. Religion is one of the primary players in fomenting homophobia and discrimination and should take ownership and responsibility for much of it.

  3. Andrew Dobbin 18 Nov 2013, 1:14pm

    Why no mention of Schools OUT UK today? We’ve been running in-school training sessions for teachers AND students on just this thing for years! And LGBT History Month? Schools OUT UK started that – in 2005, as an initiative to raise the self-esteem of LGBT youth!

    1. Benjamin Cohen 18 Nov 2013, 1:24pm

      Schools Out is clearly mentioned in Gloria’s article and the website is linked to by PinkNews

  4. Typical politician – selective memory….. point-scoring, seeking gratitude. Still, we mustn’t be churlish when we compare our rights against places like Russia.

  5. Andrew Dobbin 18 Nov 2013, 2:32pm

    ooops – my apologies. She does mention Schools OUT UK.

    And please everyone look at our fully-resourced teachers lesson plan site: which happens to be FREE!

  6. Robert Brown 18 Nov 2013, 4:15pm

    Indeed it was – such a shame it took them 10 years in power before they actually did it though – all those wasted years !

  7. Sure, and it only took New Labour’s courageous Blairite humanitarians until halfway through their second term in office to get around to this “most important act.”

    1. Check your facts. Labour wanted to repeal it much sooner, it took so long because of they had to fight against tory homophobes like William Hague and IDS (both members of the current supposedly gay friendly government!) who used their unelected majority in the Lords to block it.

      1. Jamie Hodge 20 Nov 2013, 1:12pm

        Robert and Clay etc – you really should do a bit of reseach before spouting your anti Labour nonsense. As the poster above correctly says, it was the Tories who blocked repeal!

        February 2000
        The Labour/Lib Dem coalition in Scotland presents draft legislation to repeal Clause 28.

        June 2000
        Members of the Scottish parliament vote 99 to 17 with two abstentions to abolish Clause 28.

        July 2000
        The Labour government introduces legislation to repeal Clause 28 in England and Wales; under a three-line whip, Conservative MPs oppose the move. The bill is defeated by bishops and Tories in the Lords.

  8. The selection of 106 target seats and not a single black woman of African decent has been selected.It is clear that the party faithful is happy to continue to support a selection process which in its nature seem to have a racial bias against black people especially black women.Black women seem to be systematically excluded from participation in national politics.I wonder now whether its time for two things to happen to current Labour Party Selection of Parliamentary Candidates.
    1. Open Primaries in seats with high African Caribbean populations
    2. The introduction of All Black Lists in seats where again there is a high proportion of black residents ,These I believe are the only measures capable of ensuring that Labour does not loose the ethnic vote and to ensure that more black men and women have an opportunity to contribute to national politics.J

    1. Labour don’t really ‘deserve’ the BAME vote. They really haven’t done anything recently to ‘deserve’ it and only take it for granted.

  9. James Campbell 29 Nov 2013, 10:06pm

    Removal of section 28 was long overdue.
    However, I wonder if some point-scoring politician will stand up and mark the 10th anninversary of the Gender Recognition Act (and with it Section 22) in 2014 although I am not optimistic, as the average new MP knows less about trans history than they know about the far side of the moon.

  10. damned filth 5 Dec 2013, 10:08am

    Gloria Hole needs to shut up and get her baps out, like she did when she was a 15 year old media wannabe, before she came over all feminist.

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