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Politics

  • 10th May 2007

    Tony Blair to stand down as PM on June 27 7

    Tony Blair told his Cabinet of his intention this morning.

    12:16 PM — The Prime Minister has announced that he is resigning as leader of the Labour party and will hand over power once a successor has been elected.Tony Blair told his Cabinet of his intention this morning and then travelled to his constituency in Sedgfield in county Durham to make his announcement.In Trimdon Labour Club, he told supporters he is proud of achieving equality for gay people.

  • Gay reactions to Blair’s announcement 7

    Veteran Labour politician Tony Benn said Mr Blair had presided over a “rich man's Government“.

    11:40 AM — Prominent politicians, commentators and gay activists have spoken in praise of Tony Blair, who announced today that he is to retire as soon as the Labour party select his successor.Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay equality organisation Stonewall, told PinkNews.co.uk:"Without a doubt, one of New Labour's lasting legacies will be the contribution that Tony Blair has made to equality for lesbian and gay people."

  • John Prescott to step down

    There was mild amusement in January when Mr Prescott revealed his exposure to gay men while working on a cruise ship in the 1950s.

    11:13 AM — The Deputy Prime Minister has announced his departure from office in an open letter to his constituents.John Prescott, 68, has been the most colourful member of the Blair government. He also had a long track record of speaking up for gay rights.In May 2006 he had the last of his departmental powers taken away.

  • 9th May 2007

    Gay top cop tipped for Mayor 3

    Mr Paddick, pictured with current Mayor, Ken Livingstone, has previously addressed the Lib Dem Party conference.

    5:59 PM — The most senior out gay police officer in the UK is being courted by two major parties as mayoral candidate for London, it has been reported.Brian Paddick, who is currently a Deputy Assistant Commissioner in London's Metropolitan Police, has asked to be allowed to stand down before the end of his current contract.He is to leave the force at the end of May.

  • Quebec gay leader resigns aged 41

    Boisclair was elected as the sixth leader of the PQ in November 2005.

    1:26 PM — When the Parti Québécois disappointed their supporters with a low result in the state elections in March, many blamed their leader, Andre Boisclair.Now Mr Bosclair, the first ever out gay man to lead a political party in North America, has resigned after only two years in the job.The PQ won just 36 of the province's 125 seats to finish in third place.

  • 8th May 2007

    Analysis: Miliband’s appeal shows he should have run 3

    27% wanted Mr Miliband as next Prime Minister - only 13% wanted Gordon Brown.

    7:40 PM — It could go down in history as one of the worst political decisions ever made - if gay votes are anything to go by.A poll of PinkNews.co.uk readers shows that if David Miliband had got up the courage to tackle Gordon Brown for the leadership, Labour might have had a stronger chance of winning an historic fourth term in office.27% wanted Mr Miliband as next Prime Minister.

  • Analysis: A government of enemies finally takes control

    Equality is not really a concept Unionist politics ascribed to.

    5:15 PM — The two parties sitting down to face each other as partners in government in Belfast today disagree about many things.Gay rights proves no exception. Sinn Fein were the only party to mention LGB or T people at all until a few years ago.While middle-class Catholic opinion in the form of the SDLP was cleaved tight to the pedestrian morality of the Roman Church, the doctrinaire Republicans were all for equality in its many forms.

  • Scotland may get first LGB minister 6

    Three out politicians were re-elected to the Scottish Parliament last week.

    4:45 PM — Coalition negotiations between the Scottish National Party and the Green Party may result in a bisexual MSP becoming a member of the Scottish Executive.Patrick Harvie was re-elected to represent Glasgow as a Green in last week's elections for the Scottish Parliament.The SNP beat Labour to first place in the elections, but with 47 seats do not have an outright majority in the parliament.

  • Entertainers dominate the Pink List 1

    Doctor Who  producer and writer Russell T Davies is the most powerful gay man in Britain, according to the newspaper. photo: bbc publicity

    1:22 PM — A compilation of the most prominent gay people in the UK has been published. The Independent on Sunday newspaper brought forward publication in the light of Lord Browne's resignation as chief executive of BP last week over a gay scandal.The upper part of the list is dominated by entertainers. Doctor Who producer and writer Russell T Davies is the most powerful gay man in Britain.

  • Gay marriage off the agenda as Sarkozy triumphs 1

    He has promised new adoption rights for gay couples and improved financial arrangements.

    11:40 AM — LGBT activists were coming to terms with the defeat of Segolene Royal in Sunday's final election for the President of France.Nicolas Sarkozy won a solid 53% of the vote on Sunday to Ms Royal's to 47%. There was another huge turnout of 85%.The victory of right-wing Mr Sarkozy means that the chances of gay marriage becoming legal in France are greatly reduced.

  • Gay Republicans consider Presidential nominees

    Part of the reason for welcoming gays into the GOP is they're already highly engaged in party business.

    11:03 AM — Delegates of the nations largest gay Republican organisation have cast their eye on former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani as their presidential choice.The Log Cabin Republicans cite his record on social issues, taxes and defence among his virtues.Giuliani has been courting more conservative GOP (Republican) voters in his bid for the White House.

  • 7th May 2007

    Milliband and Cameron beat Brown in race for gay support 4

    Tony Blair is expected to resign on Thursday.

    11:15 AM — In a nationwide poll of PinkNews.co.uk readers, Tony Blair's legacy has been praised but Gordon Brown substantially lacks support.The appointment of Ruth Kelly is considered the biggest stain on Blair's gay rights legacy.David Milliband was the most popular choice as the next leader of the Labour Party, with 27 per cent support, 14 per cent ahead of Gordon Brown (13%).

  • 5th May 2007

    Survey: Blair’s gay rights legacy 1

    What's Blair's legacy

    8:15 PM — Tony Blair is expected to resign as leader of the Labour Party on Thursday, triggering a contest where the eventual winner will become the UK's new Prime Minister.Therefore, PinkNews.co.uk is conducting a reader survey to assess Blair and the Labour Party's LGBT rights record.Simply click here to take part.

  • 4th May 2007

    LGB politicians re-elected to Scottish Parliament 6

    With 97 of the 129 seats declared, Mr Harvie is the only MSP not from the SNP, Labour, Tory or Lib Dem parties.

    3:55 PM — Out gay politicians were re-elected to the Scottish Parliament in yesterday's election.Patrick Harvie, who is bisexual, faced a challenge from the Scottish Christian Party.He was re-elected on the Glasgow regional list for the Green party. He told PinkNews.co.uk about some of the slurs and abuse levelled at him during the election.

  • MEPs welcome Pride ban ruling

    The news follows the adoption of a resolution in the European Parliament condemning the rise of homophobia in Europe.

    2:41 PM — Yesterday's ruling that the ban on Warsaw Gay Pride 2005 violated the European Charter of Human Rights has been welcomed by MEPs.The European Court of Human Rights agreed that freedom of association and assembly, prohibition of discrimination and the right to an effective remedy had been denied, all of which are guaranteed in the convention.The judges of the Strasbourg Court were unanimous in their decision highlighting the 'crystal clear' nature of the situation.

  • Homophobic posters cause outrage in Switzerland 2

    Switzerland passed legislation to recognise same-sex partnerships in 2004, and it came into effect on January 1st 2007.

    2:26 PM — A Swiss right-wing political party has agreed to either change or remove advertising posters which call gay couples infertile.The Swiss People's Party (UDC) is campaigning against a proposal to extend tax benefits to same-sex partners.The party's general secretary added to the controversy by telling Leman Bleu TV that gay people contribute nothing to society because they do not have children.

  • Tories claim victory in elections

    In Clwyd West Culture Minister Alun Pugh lost his seat to Tory Darren Millar.

    12:40 PM — The Conservative Party say they are on course to win the next general election as the results from last night's council elections in England and Scotland and elections for the Welsh Assembly and Scottish Parliament continue to come in.Eric Pickles, the party's vice-chairman, said: "We've got 41% of the vote. We are now back in business."A new dawn is breaking."

  • BNP vote in Wales nears 10% 10

    In Barking and Dagenham, east London, the party is the official opposition with 12 councillors.

    12:10 PM — The British National Party has polled nearly 10% in parts of Wales.The latest results show the party on 9.4% in Wrexham and 7.1% in both Alyn and Deeside and in Clwyd South. It is not thought they will win a seat in the Welsh Assembly.It was a mixed night for the openly homophobic party.In Maidenhead and Windsor they beat Labour candidates to third place.

  • Small victory for Pride event in Moldova

    Moldova is not part of the EU, but is influenced by its neighbour Romania, an EU member state since January 2007.

    11:45 AM — Around 20 activists attempted to march for gay rights in the Moldovan capital Chisinau last week.People threw eggs at the gay Pride marchers, and the police stopped them from laying flowers at the Monument to the Victims of Repression.A government committee had banned the march on the grounds that it could pose a public disorder threat.

  • Paisley gives £180,000 to “sodomite lobby” 3

    The leader of the DUP becomes First Minister when the reformed Stormont administration takes office on Thursday.

    11:12 AM — The Northern Ireland government has allocated hundreds of thousands of pounds to help promote gay equality, and from next week the funds will be overseen by a department headed by Ian Paisley.The leader of the DUP becomes First Minister when the reformed Stormont administration takes office on Thursday.Sinn Fein, the DUP, the SDLP and the UUP will all have ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive.

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