11th February 2008
Interview: The former cop who wants to run London
11:45 AM — Brian Paddick is enjoying running for Mayor of London. The Liberal Democrat candidate may be a distant third in opinion polls, but he has one distinct advantage in this race - lots of people know who he is.The 2008 Mayoral election is already the most exciting contest since the post was established at the turn of the century.Incumbent Ken Livingstone is facing a concerted (some would say co-ordinated) barrage of negative press on everything from cronyism to his alcohol intake.
10th February 2008
Democrat passions run high at Washinton caucuses
3:05 PM — Illinois Senator Barack Obama took the victory in the Washington caucus results on Saturday, beating out rival New York Senator Hillary Clinton by a strong margin.In the Republican primary, Arizona Senator John McCain pulled off a narrow win against former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.In the Washington Republican caucuses, John McCain led over Mike Huckabee 26 percent to 24 percent with 87 percent of precincts reporting in.
Obama wins Washington state and Nebraska
3:20 AM — Illinois Senator Barack Obama claimed yet another state for his war chest on Saturday, defeating rival New York Senator Hillary Clinton in the Nebraska caucus results.Obama took the victory by a landslide, showing once again his campaign's enormous strength in caucus states. Obama also won in the Washington caucus results on Saturday.With 85 percent of precincts reporting in the Nebraska Democratic caucuses, Barack Obama led over Hillary Clinton 68 percent to 32 percent of the vote.
8th February 2008
Turks reject gays or atheists as neighbours 7
3:25 PM — A survey of Turkish attitudes has found that the vast majority would not want to live next to a gay person.1,579 persons in 41 cities were polled by Bahcesehir University's Economic and Social Research Centre.The results show that Turks are generally happy, think their country will join the EU if it meets all the criteria, but do not want to live next door to people with different identities.
Huckabee endorsed by evangelical Christians 3
2:35 PM — A former Baptist minister who wants the Republican party nomination for US President has been backed by one of the most influential evangelicals in America.James Dobson from Focus on the Family is notorious for his homophobic views. His endorsement of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was announced yesterday.Focus on the Family claims to be a non-partisan organisation that "nurtures and develops families."
Stonewall ready for Commons battle over gay parents 20
12:30 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has said that new legislation before Parliament that will grant new rights to gay and lesbian parents will face further attempts to wreck it in the Commons.The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill proposes new recognition of same-sex couples as legal parents of children conceived through the use of donated sperm, eggs or embryos.The Bill was passed by the Lords on Monday and now goes to the House of Commons.
London Mayor candidate rejects Sharia law proposal
11:25 AM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London, Brian Paddick, has criticised the head of the Anglican communion for arguing that aspects of Sharia law should be recognised in Britain.Speaking on LBC radio this morning, Mr Paddick also revealed a new policy on bus fares and revealed that he did not recognise one of the Hollywood stars at his celebrity fundraising dinner.Politicians from all parties have criticised the Archbishop of Canterbury for remarks yesterday suggesting that certain aspects of Islamic law could be adopted in the UK.
Tatchell criticises ban on Islamic scholar
11:02 AM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has said that the British government's decision to ban Muslim cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi from entering Britain to receive medical treatment is "illiberal, unwarranted and unmerciful."The spiritual leader of Islamicist organisation the Muslim Brotherhood, Dr Qaradawi is known to have supported suicide bombings in Israel, the oppression of women's rights and has argued in the past that homosexuals should be put to death.
Analysis: Barack and Clinton’s numbers game 7
10:44 AM — On Tuesday Senator Hillary Clinton managed to secure a slight edge over Barack Obama in terms of the number of delegates won over the course of 22 nationwide primaries.While Clinton used her experience, star quality, deep political connections and long-term history to score eight major wins in delegate rich states like California, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey, Obama played to his oratorical and organisational strengths in smaller states.
7th February 2008
LGBT Muslims condemn ban on homophobic preacher 19
6:45 PM — Europe's largest support group for Muslim LGBT people has expressed concern that the decision to bar a controversial Islamic scholar from the UK could contribute to Islamophobia.Imaan has released a statement joining mainstream Muslim groups concerned at the Home Office decision to ban Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi.The spiritual leader of Islamicist organisation the Muslim Brotherhood is known to have supported suicide bombings in Israel.
Politicians dismiss Archbishop’s Islamic law comments 50
6:30 PM — The Prime Minister's spokesman has distanced him from comments by the Archbishop of Canterbury concerning the introduction of aspects of Sharia law in the UK.Dr Rowan Williams said earlier today that a "constructive accommodation" must be found over issues such as divorce and added that people should not imagine "we know exactly what we mean by Sharia and just associate it with Saudi Arabia."A Downing St spokesman said that aspects of Islamic law could never be justified for breaking UK laws.
Romney withdraws from White House race
6:02 PM — Mitt Romney has dropped out of the contest to become the Republican party nominee for President of the United States.The former Governor of Massachusetts met with aides most of yesterday to discuss his next step.On Tuesday, when almost half of the states chose a Republican candidate, he was roundly defeated by Senator John McCain and lost a string of Southern states to Mike Huckabee, the former Governor of Arkansas.
California and New York gays voted for Hillary 7
4:10 PM — Exit polling during Super Tuesday's Democratic primaries in two key states found that a clear majority of gay, lesbian and bisexual voters supported Hillary Clinton.The Advocate reports that in California, the most populous state in the US, 4% of voters told pollsters they are gay, lesbian or bisexual and 63% voted for the Former First Lady, with 29% voting for Barack Obama.In New York, the only other state where voters were asked about their sexuality, 7% said they were LGB.
Sharia law will be recognised in UK predicts Archbishop 51
3:15 PM — The head of the Anglican communion has said he think it is "unavoidable" that some parts of Muslim Sharia law will be adopted in Britain.Speaking on BBC Radio 4, Dr Rowan Williams said that a "constructive accommodation" must be found over issues such as divorce and said that people should not imagine "that we know exactly what we mean by Sharia and just associate it with Saudi Arabia."However, the Archbishop went on to criticise the practice of Sharia law in some Muslim states.
Dutch OK with gay, atheist, female Prime Minister 1
1:10 PM — 78% of voters in Holland would be comfortable with a homosexual leader, a wide-ranging opinion poll has revealed.Under a third would find an Islamic Prime Minister acceptable, while just 33% would be happy with a fundamentalist Christian.21,000 members of popular TV programme EenVandaag's opinion panel gave their views.34% would accept a PM who visits prostitutes and 26% one who took hard drugs such as heroin.
Christians present petition opposing gay adoption 9
12:55 PM — A lobby group called the Christian People's Alliance (CPA) has presented a petition with 838 signatures to Sheffield City Council protesting that gay people can adopt.The action was inspired by the case of former magistrate Andrew McClintock, a leading member of the CPA, who tried unsuccessfully to opt out of approving gay adoptions on religious grounds.A key part of his case was that as a magistrate he has to act in the best interests of the child and that placing them with gay people was detrimental to them.
Hate preacher refused UK entry visa 19
12:05 PM — An Islamic preacher who has called for gay people to be put to death has been denied entry into the UK for medical treatment.Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, 80, was at the centre of a row in 2004 when he spoke at an event in City Hall as a guest of London Mayor Ken Livingstone, who was then heavily criticised by gay rights campaigners and Jewish organisations for inviting him.The spiritual leader of Islamicist organisation the Muslim Brotherhood, Dr Qaradawi is known to have supported suicide bombings in Israel.
6th February 2008
Clinton retains slight lead in delegate count 7
10:00 PM — Every delegate counts, Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are finding, as the fight for the Democratic nomination continues the morning after Super Tuesday.According to CNN.com, at current count, Clinton has the slight edge over the Senator from Illinois—823 total delegates to his 731.And while Clinton took several key states—among them California, Massachusetts and New York.
Poll exposes high levels of Russian homophobia
4:30 PM — New data released yesterday in Moscow has found that just 5% of Russians do not view homosexuality as morally unacceptable.The Levada-Centre, a well-respected polling organisation, held a poll last year and found that negative attitudes to gay people are on the increase.Just last year 47% of people condemned LGB people. In December's poll 84% of respondents said they find homosexuality morally unacceptable reports Kommersant.com.
Obama and Clinton both win on Super Tuesday
3:00 PM — With the results from yesterday's primaries and caucuses in nearly half of the United States counted, it appears that the Republicans have chosen their candidate for President while the Democrats are still unable to choose between a woman and a black man.Senator John McCain, the 71-year-old war hero and former Vietnam prisoner of war, took nine of the 21 states voting in the Republican contests.The big surprise of the night was former Governor of Arkansas Mike Hucakee.