16th October 2013
Same-sex marriage campaigner Mike Freer MP becomes Parliamentary Private Secretary to Eric Pickles 5
6:46 PM — Mike Freer has joined four other either gay or bisexual MPs who have been promoted to Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) positions in the final changes to the Government following last week's reshuffle.
19th March 2013
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles: Birmingham Council shouldn’t ask about sexuality in its questionnaire on wheelie bins 22
12:49 PM — Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has criticised Birmingham Council for asking people to declare their sexuality in a survey about rubbish and wheelie bins.
2nd September 2011
Councils to be banned from asking residents if they are gay or transgender 67
4:36 PM — Local councils will be banned from routinely asking residents about their sexual orientation, transgender status, religion and race. Local government secretary Eric Pickles said that the surveys, typically sent out with responses to residents' queries about local services, were "unnecessary and "intrusive".