29th May 2012
Video: Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls calls for equal religious marriage in @Out4Marriage video 24
1:08 PM — The Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, has joined the Out4Marriage campaign with a video message calling on the government to allow religious bodies to marry gay couples if they choose, inspired by his late, gay uncle.
17th May 2012
Angela Eagle MP: Gay couples will be in limbo until equal marriage laws are announced 30
2:57 PM — Angela Eagle, the first female MP to enter a civil partnership, has called on the government to introduce marriage equality legislation and take gay couples out of 'limbo'.
8th May 2012
Shadow home secretary: ‘Ludicrous’ to blame equal marriage plans for Tory losses 113
1:48 PM — Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, has said it is 'utterly ludicrous' to blame the Coalition government's plans to allow gay couples an equal right to civil marriage for the Conservative party's losses at local elections last week.
26th April 2012
Shadow foreign minister for human rights speaks out against Ugandan anti-gay bill 14
12:50 PM — The Shadow Foreign Minister for Human Rights, Kerry McCarthy MP, has spoken out against the ongoing persecution of gay, bi and transgender people in Uganda.
20th April 2012
Row after Tory MEPs abstain from pro-LGBT amendment vote 55
12:14 PM — Labour MEPs have criticised Tories this week for abstaining from a vote at the European Parliament on an amendment strengthening LGBT protections, with Tories accusing them of 'grandstanding' in response.
26th March 2012
Ken Livingstone defends former Iranian TV job and homophobic Muslim preacher 62
5:38 PM — In a radio interview, London Mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone defended his relationship with homophobic and anti-semitic Muslim cleric and his former presenting job with Iran’s state broadcaster, Press TV, claiming it was an attempt to "engage" with the country and reduce the threat of military action.
24th February 2012
Labour MP charged after ‘head-butting’ gay Tory in Commons bar
11:23 AM — Labour MP Eric Joyce has been suspended and charged by police on allegations he head-butted openly gay MP Stuart Andrew in a House of Commons bar, months after Andrew spoke to the House about being the victim of an attack.
22nd February 2012
David Lammy cuts tie with equal marriage opponents who funded interns 14
4:53 PM — Labour MP for Tottenham David Lammy has cut ties with the Christian Action Research and Education which co-launched the anti-marriage equality Coalition for Marriage petition and supported a 'gay cure' conference.
21st February 2012
Comment: Gay marriage will make us a beacon of equality 88
12:59 PM — Ken Livingstone writes that opposition to equal marriage is "a reminder that the battle for LGBT equality is not over".
9th February 2012
Comment: Ken Livingstone broke new ground for gay Londoners 53
6:13 PM — Yesterday, former mayor of London Ken Livingstone was criticised for telling a journalist that the Conservative party was "riddled" with gays. Today, he told LBC radio the comment was, in a way, complimentary. Now, Labour leader of Lambeth Council Steve Reed explains why he is backing Mr Livingstone.
25th March 2011
Gay Scottish MP David Cairns admitted to intensive care 2
11:34 PM — David Cairns, the openly gay Labour MP for Inverclyde, has been taken into intensive care after falling ill with acute pancreatitis.
10th January 2011
Labour leader Ed Miliband calls for progress on gay marriage 46
4:20 PM — Labour leader Ed Miliband has called for progress on gay marriage by the end of this year. Speaking on Saturday on the tenth anniversary of the equal age of consent, he said that there was more to do on marriage equality.
24th November 2010
New Tory head in Europe accused of ‘trying to block gay equality’ 27
2:20 PM — The new head of the Conservatives in the European Parliament has been accused of trying to block a motion to call for recognition of civil partnerships across Europe.
22nd November 2010
Peter Mandelson won’t rule out a return to politics 6
4:13 PM — Lord Mandelson has said he will not rule out a return to politics. The peer, who was considered the most powerful out gay man in Britain until Labour lost the general election, told Total Politics magazine that although he would not "sit by the telephone", he would not rule anything out.
19th November 2010
Ray Collins and Michael Bishop to become peers
2:02 PM — Labour Party general secretary Ray Collins and businessman Michael Bishop, who are both gay, are to become peers. They were on the list of 54 new working peers announced by Downing Street today.
18th November 2010
Tory councillor accused of homophobia for criticising gay actor’s school visits 28
2:13 PM — A Conservative councillor in Bristol has been accused of homophobia after he voiced concern about gay actor Ian McKellen visiting schools.
Britain’s first out gay MP Chris Smith honoured 2
1:46 PM — Lord Chris Smith, who was Britain's first out gay MP, has been honoured by Islington council. The former Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury, who came out 25 years ago, was awarded Freedom of the Borough.
4th September 2010
Comment: Is Ed Miliband the leader to advance LGBT equality in Britain? 20
9:44 PM — The Labour party has been a good friend of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) community within Britain. Under their 13 years in power, our lives became unquestionably better. As LGBT Labour members tell PinkNews.co.uk they will back Ed Miliband, we lay out the challenges ahead if he wins.
17th February 2010
Gay Tory Nick Herbert says party has made ‘rapid conversion’ on gay equality 113
12:29 PM — Nick Herbert, the shadow environment secretary, has said the Conservative party has seen a "definite change" in its attitudes to gay people. He said the Tories had to be "properly representative" of the whole country.
10th February 2010
Gay rights activist to challenge Hazel Blears 30
11:37 AM — A gay rights activist and member of OutRage! has been selected to challenge Labour MP Hazel Blears for her Salford and Eccles constituency seat.