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.
15th October 2013
Proposals to equalise survivor benefits for same-sex married couples to be brought forward next summer 2
2:07 PM — Pensions Minister Steve Webb MP confirmed in the House of Commons that new proposals for civil partnership pensions will be brought forward next July.
14th October 2013
UK: Committee to ask minister why pension arrangements remain unequal for gay couples 3
3:49 PM — Pensions Minister Steve Webb will have to explain why the government is continuing to allow same-sex couples to be treated differently from heterosexuals in a select committee appearance later this month.
1st October 2013
Vote for the PinkNews Parliamentary Speech of the Year
12:01 AM — Vote for your choice for the PinkNews Parliamentary Speech of the Year. Nominated this year are Baroness Barker, Mike Freer MP, Lord Jenkin and David Lammy MP.
19th September 2013
Scotland rejects calls for HPV vaccination to be given to boys 12
6:41 PM — Calls for a vaccination programme against the cancer-causing Human Papillomavirus (HPV) to be extended to include teenage boys have been rejected by the Scottish Government.
8th August 2013
Petition calls for 2014 Winter Olympics to be relocated to Vancouver 13
2:12 PM — A petition which has gathered almost 80,000 signatures, calls for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics to be relocated to Vancouver, following the passage of anti-gay laws in Russia.
Tory MP Mike Freer: Putin must be told to scrap anti-gay laws or risk losing Winter Olympics 10
1:19 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has told PinkNews that he would like the International Olympic Committee to consider moving the 2014 Winter Olympics from Russia.
17th July 2013
Tory MP Mike Freer: If gay people pay the same contributions, their pension rights must be the same 5
7:23 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer raised the issue of pensions inequality during Tuesday’s same-sex marriage debate and said it was right to settle the discrepancy “whatever the cost”.
3rd July 2013
UK: Health minister to pursue ‘as a matter of urgency’ extending HPV vaccine for boys and gay men 8
1:14 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has secured a concession from the Public Health Minister Anna Soubry that it is unfair that the vaccination programme against the Human Papillomavirus is not currently available for teenage boys.
2nd July 2013
Tory MP Mike Freer: The HPV vaccine needs to be extended to protect gay men 20
4:28 PM — Tory MP Mike Freer has announced a campaign to have the HPV vaccination extended to include teenage boys, arguing that the current scheme, which only vaccinates girls, neglects to protect gay men.
24th June 2013
Lord Alli withdraws his pensions amendment to the equal marriage bill 26
3:57 PM — Labour peer Lord Alli’s amendment to equalise pension provision for same-sex couples in the area of survivor benefits has been withdrawn.
4th June 2013
House of Lords votes in favour of same-sex marriage bill at second reading 140
6:49 PM — Peers in the House of Lords have voted in favour of the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, with a large majority, following two days of heated debate around the issue.
House of Lords equal marriage debate resumes ahead of vote 2
3:09 PM — Peers have resumed debate around the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in the House of Lords, during its second reading, which will end with a vote on the bill later this evening.
Former British Army Head Lord Dannatt: The equal marriage bill goes against what I fought 40 years for 64
2:03 PM — The former head of the British Army, independent crossbench peer Lord Dannatt, used his speech during the debate in the House of Lords yesterday, to attack the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Rally for equal marriage to continue outside the House of Lords ahead of second reading vote 3
1:36 PM — A rally is to be held outside the House of Lords today, in a show of support for the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill, which will be voted on this evening by peers.
3rd June 2013
Photos: Equal marriage vigil outside the Houses of Parliament 15
10:54 PM — This evening, pro-equality campaigners and politicians gathered outside the Houses of Parliament to hold a vigil in favour of same-sex marriage.
27th May 2013
Mike Freer: Government warnings on equal pensions for same-sex couples are a red herring 8
5:27 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has criticised the same-sex marriage bill for failing to address pension inequalities. He says he hopes to table an amendment through an ally in the House of Lords.
7th February 2013
Labour MP Austin Mitchell: The equal marriage debate was moving — I had to vote for the bill 15
2:20 PM — Labour’s Austin Mitchell was planning to abstain in this week’s equal marriage vote by MPs, but when he heard the emotional speeches of supportive MPs, it changed his mind.
5th February 2013
Gay Tory MP Mike Freer: ‘I’m simply asking for equal treatment’ 7
5:12 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has received warm praise on Twitter for delivering a heartfelt speech in support of marriage equality in the House of Commons.
12th December 2012
UK: Home Office threatens to ban Ugandan politicians from entering Britain over anti-gay law 34
12:24 PM — The Home Office has indicated that if Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill is passed by the country’s parliament, the UK may ban senior Ugandan politicians from entering Britain.