28th May 2009
David Cameron voted worst politician of the year 75
4:07 PM — Tory leader David Cameron has been voted the worst politician of the year. Cameron, who reportedly plans to prioritise outreach to gay groups, topped the poll of bad politicians in the Gay Times Readers' Awards.
27th May 2009
Nick Griffin pulls out of Queen’s garden party 26
3:42 PM — BNP leader Nick Griffin has said he will not attend a garden party hosted by Buckingham Palace. The politician was invited by fellow BNP member Richard Barnbrook, but said today he has “no wish to embarrass the Queen”.
PinkNews.co.uk reader survey: Will the expenses row change your vote in the European Elections? 16
2:33 PM — The European Elections will be held on Thursday June 4th and the recent furore over expenses, coupled with the rise of the BNP, are expected to substantially increase the turnout. PinkNews.co.uk is inviting UK readers to take part in a survey on how they plan to vote. To take the survey, please click here.
26th May 2009
Husband of former minister who introduced civil partnerships ‘was paid £5,000 for advice’
2:45 PM — Former Deputy Equality Minister Meg Munn, who was responsible for introducing civil partnerships, has been caught up in the latest round of the expenses scandal.
Opinion: The gay community will no longer accept spurious claims of homophobia 50
11:43 AM — Paul Canning argues that recent claims of homophobia by MPs exposed for extravagant expenses will no longer wash with the gay community.
22nd May 2009
Green Party calls for EU-wide gay marriage 10
4:59 PM — The Green Party is backing calls for an end to the ban on same-sex marriage in the UK and in other EU member states.
Texas mayor resigns for gay partner 8
1:47 PM — The mayor of San Angelo, Texas, has resigned just ten days after a landslide re-election victory to pursue his relationship with his gay partner, an illegal immigrant.
21st May 2009
Trevor Phillips acknowledges ‘intense hurt’ caused by Evangelical appointment 33
2:38 PM — Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has acknowledged the anger felt by LGBT groups at the appointment of Evangelical leader and gay rights critic Joel Edwards to the organisation.
BNP leader Nick Griffin to attend Queen’s summer garden party 9
2:25 PM — BNP member Richard Barnbrook and party leader Nick Griffin are among the guests at a summer garden party to be hosted by the Queen.
Ruth Kelly claimed thousands of pounds for flood damage despite having home insurance 12
11:42 AM — Former Equality Minister Ruth Kelly claimed thousands of pounds for water damage caused by a burst pipe, despite having home insurance at the time.
19th May 2009
Gay Chief Whip claimed £18,880 for food without submitting receipts 18
10:33 AM — Nick Brown, the openly gay Chief Whip and Labour MP, claimed £18,880 for food expenses between 2004 and 2008 without submitting any expenses.
18th May 2009
Jacqui Smith defends UK ban on anti-gay shock jock 19
6:07 PM — Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was today forced to defend her decision to ban US shock jock Michael Savage from entering Britain.
Gay MP Chris Bryant forced to move house after homophobic attacks 44
11:50 AM — Chris Bryant, the openly gay Labour MP for Rhondda, has said the reason he 'flipped' his second home was to escape homophobic thugs who daubed lewd messages on his main constituency property.
15th May 2009
Anti-gay MP Iris Robinson and husband tried to claim twice for same expenses bill 23
5:37 PM — Northern Ireland MPs Iris Robinson and her husband Peter tried to claim twice for the same £1,223 expenses bill on the same day.
Exclusive: BNP describes gay politicians as ‘buggers and criminals’ 133
3:48 PM — A list on the British National Party's website of politicians from all three main parties describes a number of gay MPs as "buggers" and "criminals", grouping them with convicted paedophiles.
13th May 2009
Gay Tory MP Nick Herbert defends expenses claims 18
2:08 PM — Shadow environment secretary Nick Herbert has defended his expenses claims, saying that he had followed Commons rules which allow civil and unmarried partners to be treated the same as married partners.
Gay MPs rush to pay back expenses 5
11:00 AM — Last night, David Cameron said that any Tory MP who refused to pay back questionable expenses claims would face suspension from the party. Openly gay MP and Shadow Leader of the Commons Alan Duncan promised last night he would pay back the £4,000 he claimed on expenses for gardening.
Gay MP Alan Duncan promises to pay back expenses 1
10:58 AM — Openly gay MP and Shadow Leader of the Commons Alan Duncan promised last night he would pay back the £4,000 he claimed on expenses for gardening.
12th May 2009
Equality Bill passes second reading in House of Commons 15
5:51 PM — The Equality Bill passed its second reading in parliament yesterday despite concerns it may burden businesses at a time of financial pressure. Leader of the House of Commons and Minister for Equality, Harriet Harman said public bodies must "lead the way" in abolishing discrimination, adding the Bill would make Britain "fairer and more prosperous".
Obama ‘can end military gay ban with a single order’ 4
1:41 PM — Military law experts have said that President Barack Obama can end the dismissal of openly gay soldiers with just a single order.