25th October 2008
Mandelson reveals he first met Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska in 2004 3
1:33 PM — Business Secretary Lord Mandelson has confirmed that he met with the controversial Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska in 2004, two years earlier than his former European Union officials.
Travel: Paris, Rome, Madrid and…Birmingham?
12:35 PM — Let's be honest, with glamorous places such as Paris, Rome and Madrid on offer, it is probably fair to say that Birmingham doesn't feature at the top of many people's list of great cities to visit. But with its sleek hotels, plentiful museums, modern architecture and exhibitions, perhaps it should.
Coronation Street: The street bid farewell to Liam
1:14 AM — There's a sombre start to the week in Manchester as the residents of the street attend Liam's funeral. Maria's not sure how she's going to cope, so she takes Ozzy along for support. Carla has no idea how she's going to get through the day either. Once she arrives at the church, she finds it overbearing and flees as soon as the hymn singing begins. Her dramatic exit raises a few eyebrows in the congregation.
Emmerdale Spoilers: Will Louise and Jamie live happily ever after?
1:11 AM — Bob and Terry get the wrong end of the stick at the start of the week. They totally misinterpret a welcome kiss between Louise and Jonty. Jonty asks Louise to leave for Australia with him. When Jamie finds out he's not best pleased and lands a right hook on Jonty before storming off.
EastEnders Spoilers: Max Branning gets hit down
1:07 AM — As the week kicks off in Walford it seems as though we're about to say "bon voyage" to Tanya, Jack and the kids as they head off to France. But this is soapland, you know it's not going to be that easy for them to leave, not if Max has anything to do with it anyway.
24th October 2008
‘Gay wedding’ vicar in line for Stonewall award 1
6:32 PM — A Church of England priest who has expressed regret for performing a "gay wedding" for two fellow clergy is one of the nominees for Stonewall's Hero of the Year award.
Hate preacher demands death penalty for Mr Gay UK convicted of murder 14
3:25 PM — A Christian fundamentalist group has commented on the recent case of a former Mr Gay UK convicted of murder. Christian Voice is headed by Stephen Green.
Catholics to celebrate their queer saints
2:56 PM — The Feast of All Saints will be marked in an unusual way by London's LGBT Catholics next month.
I won’t do it again, promises ‘gay wedding’ vicar 2
1:45 PM — A Church of England priest who blessed the same-sex partnership of two of his fellow clergy in a church ceremony has expressed regret for his actions.
Organisers delighted at success of LGBT Muslim conference 5
12:45 PM — Scholars, academics and activists from across the world gathered in London earlier this month to mark the tenth anniversary of the largest support group for LGBT Muslims in Europe.
Police appeal for witnesses after man drowns in crusing area canal
12:33 PM — Detectives in Manchester have joined forces with a gay group to appeal to anyone who can help them piece together what happened to a man who drowned near a well-known cruising spot.
Pink diplomats celebrate ten years of Foreign Office gay group
12:13 PM — In 1998, six people gathered in a gay bar in London to plan a revolution. They wanted to challenge anti-gay practices in their workplace.
23rd October 2008
Man ‘stole knife from burger van’ then stabbed cruising area victim
2:17 PM — A 30 year old stole an eight inch knife from a burger van and attacked a gay man in a public toilet known as a meeting place for sex, a court at the Old Bailey has heard.
Lib Dem MPs vote against lesbian rights bill despite manifesto promise 1
1:18 PM — A third of Liberal Democrat MPs who voted on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill in the Commons yesterday opposed it.
Ruth Kelly among Labour fertility bill rebels 4
11:47 AM — Sixteen MPs defied the Labour whip yesterday to vote against the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. Among them was Ruth Kelly, a Cabinet minister until the start of this month.
MPs approve equal access to fertility treatment
10:42 AM — New legislation that will provide equal access to fertility treatment for lesbians has been approved by the House of Commons.
22nd October 2008
ANALYSIS: New law will give lesbians equal access to fertility treatment
2:56 PM — The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill is expected to pass for a third and final time in the Hosue of Commons today. It aims to make it easier for lesbian couples to access NHS fertilisation services.
Abortion off the agenda as MPs vote on fertility bill 3
2:47 PM — Amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill that would have legalised abortion in Northern Ireland will not be discussed at the third reading in the Commons today.
A guide to dissolution of civil partnerships 5
2:27 PM — Little Britain star Matt Lucas' civil partnership was dissolved today, which is legally different from a divorce. Our legal expert guides you through the process of a dissolution.
Little Britain star’s civil partnership dissolved 5
2:20 PM — Matt Lucas and Kevin McGee's relationship legally ended today when their civil partnership was dissolved by the family court in London.