16th February 2010
Gay civil partnerships approved for parliament 17
2:57 PM — The Houses of Parliament will be opened for civil partnerships and marriages for both MPs and members of the public. Westminster council has approved two rooms for use for the non-religious ceremonies after Speaker John Bercow began looking into the possibility of holding ceremonies for gay MPs on parliament's grounds last year.
4th February 2010
Iris Robinson claimed £1,644 for a bed 26
12:28 PM — Shamed former MP Iris Robinson claimed £1,644.90 for a bed, a report of MPs' expenses revealed today. Mrs Robinson, a homophobic evangelical Christian, quit politics last month after her affair with a 19-year-old was exposed.
14th January 2010
Bercow hopes for Westminster civil partnerships before May 9
7:12 PM — Speaker John Bercow said today that he hopes civil partnerships for gay MPs will be held in parliament in the next few months.
11th January 2010
Report calls for more encouragement of gay would-be MPs 5
12:40 PM — A report from the Speaker's Conference has recommended a number of measures to encourage more gay people to stand as MPs. The suggestions include allowing gay MPs to have civil partnerships in Westminister and drawing up a code of conduct for campaigning.
7th December 2009
Gay Tory candidate selected to challenge Hazel Blears 229
11:48 AM — A gay Conservative candidate has been selected to challenge Hazel Blears for her Manchester seat. Matthew Sephton is the chairman of the party's affiliated gay group, LGBTory.