24th September 2008
Gay rights bill passes first stage in Australian parliament
2:09 PM — A new bill that aims to ensure equal treatment for gay and lesbian couples in Australia has been passed by the lower house of the Federal parliament.
Ruth Kelly insists resignation is for family reasons 3
1:30 PM — The Secretary of State for Transport has addressed the Labour party conference on its final day, hours after it emerged she is to resign from the government.
Government defends appointment of Evangelical to equality commission 12
12:07 PM — A government spokeswoman has defended the decision to appoint a man who is opposed to gay rights as an Equality and Human Rights Commissioner.
Ruth Kelly to stand down from government 6
3:42 AM — The Secretary of State for Transport is to leave the government. Sky News reports that Ruth Kelly has decided to stand down.
23rd September 2008
Asylum, equality and faith schools discussed at LGBT fringe meeting 1
8:53 PM — Several government ministers attended this year's LGBT Labour fringe event last night at the party's annual conference in Manchester.
Brown: Fairness is in Labour’s DNA 3
4:18 PM — Gordon Brown MP, Prime Minister and Leader of the Labour Party addressed the Labour Party conference in Manchester this afternoon.
Brown sets out new policies to win back support 1
4:09 PM — The Prime Minister has set out a wide-ranging agenda for government in his speech to the Labour party conference in Manchester.
New Zealand Parliament recognises contributions of LGBT community
2:30 PM — The New Zealand Parliament has dedicated one of its select committee rooms, renamed "The Rainbow Room" to the LGBT community’s contributions to society.
Conference blog: Tension and excitement ahead of Gordon’s big moment
2:20 PM — There are still substantial queues of people waiting to get into the conference hall to take their seats for Gordon's Brown's keynote speech.
Gay rumours surround McCain’s chief of staff 3
1:21 PM — A radio station host and former Advocate editor-at-large has alleged that Mark Buse, presidential candidate John McCain’s chief of staff, is gay.
Harman challenged over Evangelical appointment to equality commission
1:08 PM — The Deputy Leader of the Labour party faced tough questioning at a fringe meeting at the Labour party conference last night.
Iain Duncan Smith criticises drugs caution for George Michael
12:38 PM — Conservative MP and former party leader Ian Duncan Smith has criticised the Metropolitan Police for not prosecuting George Michael for drugs offences.
Conference blog: Never kissed a Tory? 1
11:46 AM — LGBT Labour have come up with a novel slogan for their new T-shirts, which they are selling to raise funds. "Never Kissed A Tory - never will."
22nd September 2008
Conference blog: Eddie Izzard and Hazel Blears vs the BNP
3:55 PM — The Daily Mirror/Searchlight's Evening of Hope event last night was sprinkled with a bit of showbiz glitz when comedian Eddie Izzard made an appearance.
21st September 2008
Two gay asylum seekers deported from UK 14
5:55 PM — In the past two days two gay men who claimed their lives would be in danger if they were returned to their home countries have been forcibly repatriated.
Conference blog: Scarecrow and the Tin Man make an appearance in Manchester
5:23 PM — It seems half of central Manchester has been fenced in to accommodate the Labour conference.
Potter’s galleons put Labour in good cheer 1
1:19 PM — A £1m donation from Harry Potter author JK Rowling kicked off the Labour party conference yesterday.
Conference blog: Ministers attend Canal St party
11:52 AM — There were some familiar faces among the throng on Manchester's gay village last night. LGBT Labour were holding a fundraiser, and several senior members of the party attended.
19th September 2008
Conference blog: Gordon is safe – for now
7:29 PM — The Prime Minister has just arrived in Manchester ahead of the Labour party conference, which begins tomorrow.
Airline refuses to deport gay asylum seeker from UK 3
6:32 PM — A campaign of "pester power" has convinced a national airline to decline to transport a gay man who claims his life is in danger if he is returned to his homeland.