19th January 2015
Eric Pickles criticised for asking Muslim leaders to promote British values 58
6:24 PM — Local government secretary Eric Pickles is under fire, after writing a letter to Muslim leaders about the dangers of extremism.
5th November 2014
Eric Pickles orders takeover of Tower Hamlets council which ‘allowed homophobia to fester’ 17
2:54 PM — Tory minister Eric Pickles has ordered the takeover of Tower Hamlets council, which he says "allowed homophobia and antisemitism to fester".
28th March 2014
Tory ministers Eric Pickles and Baroness Stowell raise rainbow flag to mark first same-sex weddings
2:31 PM — Eric Pickles and Baroness Stowell have raised the rainbow flag outside the Department for Communities and Local Government to mark Saturday's historic arrival of equal marriage in England and Wales.
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".