23rd September 2013
Shadow Foreign Secretary: ‘David Cameron needs to press Putin on gay rights as a matter of urgency’ 9
12:22 PM — Writing exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk, Labour's Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander urges Britain to use the Council of Europe as a forum to encourage Russia to respect gay rights in the run to the 2014 Winter Olympics - and says "David Cameron needs to press President Putin on this as a matter of urgency."
2nd September 2013
Shadow Immigration Minister Chris Bryant blasted for saying gay asylum cases ‘will always be messy’ 7
9:51 AM — A top barrister has criticised Chris Bryant’s previous comments in defence of the Home Office from claims LGBT asylum seekers have been deported in recent years - and he says the Shadow Immigration Minister needs to be better briefed.
21st August 2013
Comment: We must guard against the return of Section 28 6
7:01 PM — LGBT Labour co-chair James Asser says "attempts at reinstating Section 28 by the back door must be quashed" and he's calling on Prime Minister David Cameron and Education Secretary Michael Gove to act.
19th August 2013
BHA identifies 45 schools that continue to have Section 28-like policies 14
6:02 PM — The British Humanist Association says it has identified at least 45 schools that either replicate language banning the “promotion” of homosexuality in the classroom or are “unhelpfully vague on the issue.”
Labour Shadow Minister Stephen Twigg: ‘Michael Gove must stop schools from resurrecting Section 28′ 18
3:48 PM — Labour's Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg says he is alarmed by reports that some schools may have Section 28-style language in their sex education policies.
8th August 2013
Shadow Foreign Minister Kerry McCarthy: The UK needs to raise the issue of gay rights in Russia at the G20 4
12:08 PM — Shadow Foreign and Commonwealth Minister Kerry McCarthy has told PinkNews the UK Government needs to use next month's G20 meeting to raise the issue of gay rights with Russia.
2nd August 2013
Ed Miliband: ‘Brighton Pride is our opportunity to speak with one voice against homophobia’ 16
6:11 PM — Labour leader Ed Miliband says "Pride is our opportunity to speak with one voice against homophobia, hate crimes and discrimination" - in a message of support for Brighton Pride.
1st August 2013
Exclusive: Scottish Labour Party leader says ‘It’s Time’ for equal marriage in Scotland 10
11:13 AM — The leader of the Scottish Labour Party has spoken up for equal marriage as part of the Equality Network's It's Time video campaign.
30th July 2013
Owen Jones: Cameron was courageous on equal marriage but it could have happened under Labour 43
11:39 AM — In an exclusive PinkNews interview, gay columnist Owen Jones praises David Cameron’s “courage” on equal marriage, claims the reform would have happened under Labour, and delivers some tough words to Ed Miliband on Labour's communication strategy.
15th July 2013
Exclusive Ed Miliband: I am proud that the House of Lords has passed equal marriage 18
4:49 PM — Labour leader Ed Miliband has praised the House of Lords after it passed the same-sex marriage bill at Third Reading this afternoon and he also thanked PinkNews for its "fantastic campaigning" on equal marriage.
12th July 2013
TUC and Unison urge government to ban gay conversion therapy as petition heads to Parliament 5
10:39 AM — More than 40 different LGBT groups along with trade union organisations the TUC and Unison have called on the government to ban gay conversion therapy.
4th July 2013
Peter Tatchell: When it comes to LGBT asylum seekers, Labour’s Chris Bryant needs to know the facts 5
11:43 AM — Peter Tatchell is disputing claims made by Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister Chris Bryant, that the UK Border Agency has not deported gay asylum seekers in recent years.
3rd July 2013
Labour MP Chris Bryant defends UK Border Agency over claims it has deported gay asylum seekers 23
11:39 AM — Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister Chris Bryant has robustly defended the Home Office and the UK Border Agency from claims that LGBT asylum seekers have been deported by officials in recent years.
1st July 2013
Labour welcomes LGBT consultation but says government could be doing things now 8
11:28 AM — Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has told PinkNews.co.uk that she welcomes the government’s decision to start a consultation on the future of LGBT policy in the autumn.
30th June 2013
London: Senior gay Tory dismisses ‘hissy fit’ reaction to Boris Johnson’s ‘up the Arcelor’ joke 20
1:26 PM — The Leader of the Conservative Group in the Greater London Assembly has defended Boris Johnson from criticism over a controversial joke he made about gay men taking their husbands up the “Arcelor” on their wedding day.
28th June 2013
Ed Miliband: ‘The terrible death of Lucy Meadows shows the trans community still face prejudice’ 9
1:16 PM — Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband says he is “delighted” to be supporting this weekend’s Pride in London event, but adds the death of transgender teacher Lucy Meadows shows more needs to be done to end prejudice in society.
12th June 2013
Labour’s Clause 20 sex education amendment fails in the Commons 51
12:14 PM — A Labour amendment for mandatory sex and relationship education in schools failed to get the support of enough MPs last night and Children’s Minister Edward Timpson confirmed PSHE would remain a non-statutory subject.
11th June 2013
MPs await Commons debate on sex education amendment 6
3:33 PM — MPs in support of a Labour amendment for more comprehensive sex and relationship education in schools hope they’ll be enough parliamentary time to allow for a debate and vote.
10th June 2013
National AIDS Trust welcomes Labour’s call for LGBT inclusive sex education 5
6:14 PM — The chief executive of the National AIDS Trust has welcomed calls by the Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper for statutory Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education in schools and says it could help in the fight against ever rising HIV infections.
Yvette Cooper: Young gay men face ‘huge mental health problems’ and we need stronger LGBT inclusive sex education 22
2:08 PM — Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has told PinkNews.co.uk that the government needs to make Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education a statutory requirement in order to address the health challenges faced by LGBT students.