31st October 2014
WATCH: David Laws presents Lynne Featherstone with PinkNews Ally of the Year Award 5
4:44 PM — The Minister of State for Schools and the Cabinet Office, David Laws, on Wednesday attended the PinkNews Awards to present Lynne Featherstone with the PinkNews Ally of the Year Award.
26th August 2014
Lib Dems announce support for statutory sex education 8
12:12 PM — Liberal Democrats will make statutory Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education a manifesto pledge, David Laws announces.
22nd September 2012
David Laws: Coming out as gay earlier would have ‘made my life a lot easier and happier’ 26
11:51 AM — Education Minister David Laws has said that coming out earlier, rather than being forced to out himself by the newspapers would have made "my life a lot easier and happier — and that of those close to me."
12th September 2012
PM defends cabinet return of David Laws 9
4:21 PM — David Cameron has defended bringing David Laws back into government. The Lib Dem MP is currently the most senior openly gay member of the frontbench.
Exclusive: Nick Clegg dismisses ‘bigot’ row and defends reshuffle changes 35
1:20 AM — Nick Clegg is rejecting claims he was prepared to brand opponents of equal marriage “bigots” at a reception for the LGBT community. In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk the deputy PM also defended changes to the Government Equalities Office and the new Culture Secretary Maria Miller.
7th September 2012
Tories criticise government appointment of David Laws 32
10:21 AM — Nick Clegg has been accused of getting a “sixth” Lib Dem MP around the cabinet table after the London Evening Standard revealed it had been an “11th hour” fight to fully resurrect the political career of gay Lib Dem MP David Laws.
4th September 2012
Gay Tory MP Nick Herbert resigns from government 27
4:36 PM — It’s understood the 49-year-old was not happy with being moved to a different job.
Gay Lib Dem MP returns to government in cabinet reshuffle 51
2:41 PM — David Laws is returning to government as the children's minister after spending more than two years on the backbenches.
23rd July 2012
Comment: Was Anderson Cooper’s sexuality ‘news’ to you? 29
11:17 AM — In his first commentary article for Pinknews.co.uk, Scott Roberts talks about CNN star Anderson Cooper’s recent decision to come out publicly as gay.
18th May 2011
Lib Dem MP David Laws explains why he hid his sexuality 168
10:43 AM — Liberal Democrat MP David Laws has spoken frankly for the first time about his homosexuality. In an interview with the Times, the MP explained why he hid his sexuality and how he regrets setting a ban example to LGBT youngsters.
11th May 2011
David Laws faces suspension over expenses claims 34
1:57 PM — Gay Liberal Democrat MP David Laws will reportedly be suspended for seven days for breaking expenses rules. Sky News reports that the MP, who claimed he was trying to keep his sexuality secret, will also have to apologise to the House of Commons.
10th May 2011
David Laws guilty of a series of expenses rule breaches 14
3:09 PM — Former Cabinet minister David Laws has been found guilty of a series of breaches of parliamentary expenses rules. The Liberal Democrat MP was chief secretary to the Treasury for just days last May. He resigned when it was revealed he had paid £40,000 in expenses to his boyfriend who was also his landlord.
9th May 2011
Gay MP David Laws may be reprimanded over expenses 36
2:33 PM — Liberal Democrat MP David Laws is expected to be reprimanded over his expenses claims when a parliamentary standards report is published this week. The former chief secretary to the Treasury's return to government may be hampered by the verdict, reports said.
25th November 2010
Gay Lib Dem David Laws set to return to government ‘soon’ 18
3:46 PM — Prime minister David Cameron has indicated that David Laws will return to government soon. The Liberal Democrat MP resigned as chief secretary to the Treasury in May after it was revealed he had broken Commons rules by paying expenses to his secret boyfriend.
23rd February 2010
Ed Balls denies ‘watering down’ sex education for faith schools 46
12:06 PM — Schools secretary Ed Balls has denied watering down sex education laws for faith schools. Last Friday, the government was accused of performing a U-turn over an amendment to the Children, Schools and Families Bill allowing faith schools to teach about homosexuality in line with their "religious character".
19th February 2010
Government accused of U-turn over faith schools’ teaching on homosexuality 62
11:49 AM — The government has been accused of performing a U-turn over an amendment allowing faith schools to teach about homosexuality in line with their "religious character". Some critics it looked like "another Section 28".