15th January 2010
UN human rights chief calls on Uganda to shelve anti-gay bill 8
4:46 PM — The United Nations called on Uganda to scrap a bill which could execute and imprison gay people. Navi Pillay, the UN high commissioner for human rights, said today that the proposed legislation was "draconian" and "blatantly discriminatory".
14th January 2010
Bercow hopes for Westminster civil partnerships before May 9
7:12 PM — Speaker John Bercow said today that he hopes civil partnerships for gay MPs will be held in parliament in the next few months.
MP suggests UK should cut aid to Uganda over anti-gay bill 16
7:01 PM — A former Foreign Office minister has called for an audit into aid money granted to countries which "promote homophobia", such as Uganda.
Homophobic attack victim condemns Iris Robinson 13
5:16 PM — A man who was beaten in a homophobic attack shortly before Iris Robinson made her now infamous anti-gay remarks has said her husband should divorce her. Robinson had criticised the attack on Stephen Scott but added that gay people could be "cured".
Lesbian UKIP MEP leaves European group 7
3:20 PM — A lesbian MEP for the UK Independence Party has left the group her party joined in the European Parliament. Nikki Sinclaire announced this week that she was leaving the Europe of Freedom and Democracy group.
MPs sign motion to condemn Uganda’s gay execution bill 8
1:05 PM — Twenty MPs have signed an early day motion to attack Uganda's plans to introduce the death penalty for gays. The motion was tabled by Labour MP Harry Cohen and calls for the British government and European Union to press Uganda not to proceed with the law.
Homophobic Iris Robinson resigns from parliament 25
11:34 AM — Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson resigned from Westminster yesterday after it was revealed last week that she had solicited loans for her 19-year-old lover.
13th January 2010
Ugandan president Museveni distances himself from anti-gay bill 10
8:36 PM — Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni said yesterday that the country must take into consideration its foreign policy interests when debating an anti-homosexuality bill.
Scottish MPs condemn arrest of gay Malawian men 1
4:29 PM — More than 20 members of the Scottish parliament condemned the arrest of two gay men in Malawi who held a wedding ceremony. The motion was signed by members of all main parties and called for parliament to condemn the "illegal and homophobic arrests" of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga.
Nick Clegg calls for faith schools to focus on homophobic bullying 16
1:16 PM — Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has said that faith schools must focus on homophobic bullying. He said his party would make it a requirement for faith schools to teach that homosexuality is normal.
12th January 2010
Iris Robinson’s teen lover ‘faked testicular cancer to end affair’ 20
3:13 PM — The 19-year-old lover of Iris Robinson falsely told her he was suffered from testicular cancer to get out of the relationship, it has been claimed.
Campaign to make Mrs Robinson number one 20
12:15 PM — An internet campaign has begun to make Mrs Robinson by Simon and Garfunkel number one in the charts. It follows the scandal surrounding homophobic Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson's dalliances with a man young enough to be her grandson.
11th January 2010
Iris Robinson’s husband asks colleague to step in as first minister 16
4:38 PM — Peter Robinson, the husband of homophobic Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson, has asked a colleague to take over as first minister while he stands down for six weeks.
Cameron sets out commitment on tax breaks for civil partners 26
4:16 PM — Tory leader David Cameron has said he will give gay couples in civil partnerships the same tax benefits his party will give to married couples.
Report calls for more encouragement of gay would-be MPs 5
12:40 PM — A report from the Speaker's Conference has recommended a number of measures to encourage more gay people to stand as MPs. The suggestions include allowing gay MPs to have civil partnerships in Westminister and drawing up a code of conduct for campaigning.
Iris Robinson receiving psychiatric treatment after accusations of two more affairs 52
11:17 AM — Homophobic MP Iris Robinson is said to be receiving "acute psychiatric treatment" as allegations of affairs with two other men emerge.
8th January 2010
Exclusive: Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg to answer gay questions 26
5:19 PM — Do you have a question for Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg? With four months until an expected general election, he has agreed to answer questions from PinkNews.co.uk readers.
Ugandan president Museveni ‘opposes death penalty for gays’ 15
3:37 PM — President of Uganda Yoweri Moseveni opposes the death penalty for gays, the country's ethics minister has said. James Nsaba Buturo said the provision was likely to be removed from the country's anti-homosexuality bill, saying that reparative therapy would work better.
Portugal votes to legalise gay marriage 30
3:09 PM — Portugal's parliament today voted to legalise marriage for gays and lesbians. The Catholic country will be the sixth in Europe to grant same-sex couples the right to wed, although this will not include adoption rights.
Equalities minister Harriet Harman fined for careless driving 7
2:46 PM — Harriet Harman, the minister for women and equality, has been fined £350 for driving without due care and attention. She was also ordered to pay £70 costs and a £15 victim surcharge, along with receiving three penalty points on her driving licence.