1st February 2015
Pro-gay Tory MP Francis Maude to retire 12
11:41 AM — Conservative MP Francis Maude, one of the first senior Tories to engage with the gay community, will not run for re-election in May.
11th September 2014
UK: Government ‘Talent Action Plan’ aims to remove barriers for LGBT talent in Civil Service 6
6:01 PM — The Government has announced a new 'Talent Action Plan', which aims to remove barriers to LGBT people reaching high ranks of the Civil Service.
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.
10th June 2013
Police investigate explosion at gay MP’s constituency office 3
11:57 AM — Lincolnshire Police has launched an investigation following a minor explosion at the constituency office of gay Conservative MP Nick Boles.
24th May 2013
Nick Clegg and Francis Maude agree to fly rainbow flag from Cabinet Office for Pride week 7
12:30 PM — Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude and Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg both intend to demonstrate the government's commitment to equality by allowing the rainbow flag to fly from the Cabinet Office during Pride week in the capital.
20th May 2013
Francis Maude: How my late gay brother’s legacy shaped my equal marriage support
12:10 PM — Francis Maude, the Minister for the Cabinet Office and a vocal supporter of LGBT rights in the Conservative Party, has written ahead of today's debate on the same-sex marriage bill about how the loss of his gay brother led him to support marriage equality.
18th April 2013
Nick Clegg notes Section 28 in denial of David Cameron’s claim that ‘we are all Thatcherites now’ 14
3:00 PM — Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has strongly denied David Cameron's claim that "we are all Thatcherites now", and cited Section 28 as one of the things former prime minister Margaret Thatcher got wrong.
6th February 2013
Francis Maude: Tories no more split than the country on introducing same-sex marriage 9
11:19 PM — The Paymaster General, Francis Maude, one of the most pro-gay members of the Government has said that the Conservative party is no more divided than the country when it comes to same-sex marriage.
28th April 2012
Iain Duncan Smith defies Catholic Church to back marriage for gay couples 51
10:43 AM — The most senior Catholic in the British Government, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, has confirmed that he will be supporting Prime Minister David Cameron's pledge to introduce equal civil marriage for gay and lesbian couples. In a remarkable evolution of his own personal approach to LGBT rights, he pointed out that in a country where so many hetrosexual couples are breaking up, marriage equality is a positive method of creating a more stable society.
7th March 2012
Francis Maude: Tories must back equal marriage or risk becoming ‘unelectable’ 111
12:47 PM — Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude is expected to warn today that the Tories must modernise and approve measures including equal marriage or risk being seen as 'unacceptable and unelectable'.