6th October 2008
The unpaid ministers in Brown’s austerity government
1:41 PM — It has been billed as an austerity government, and the changes made by Gordon Brown to some ministerial teams have emphasised the focus on the economic crisis.
Maria Eagle to work on gay rights bill as Equalities minister 2
12:31 PM — A junior Justice minister is to take on additional duties for Equalities. Maria Eagle replaces Barbara Follett.
Tory ‘rising star’ backs gay arts festival 1
11:07 AM — Organisers of an LGBT arts festival have revealed that they have received support from politicians of all parties.
Church finds no remains after opening Cardinal’s grave 8
10:20 AM — No physical remains in the grave of a 19th century church leader that is to be made a saint. Cardinal Newman, Britain's most famous Catholic convert after Tony Blair, died in 1890.
Police name man found in canal near cruising ground
9:58 AM — A man who drowned in a canal in Manchester in the early hours of Friday morning has been named.
5th October 2008
No reshuffle job for Cruddas as Lord Adonis moves from education
6:50 PM — More details of the government reshuffle have been released. Gay MP Chris Bryant has been promoted the Deputy to Harriet Harman, the leader of the House of Commons.
Follett moved from Equalities role ahead of gay rights bill 2
6:00 PM — Junior minister Barbara Follett has been moved to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Gay Tory tipped for promotion in reshuffle 1
5:30 PM — Greg Barker is the frontrunner to be appointed to the Shadow Cabinet as part of a reconfiguration of the Conservative frontbench.
UK’s first Muslim minister promoted to Justice
4:33 PM — Shahid Malik has been promoted to Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of Justice.
Gay rights supporter Jack McConnell’s Malawi job postponed
3:59 PM — Former First Minister of Scotland Jack McConnell has been appointed an envoy to countries recovering from conflict.
Gay MP Chris Bryant tipped for Deputy Leader of the House 3
11:11 AM — Chris Bryant, the openly gay MP for Rhonda, is reportedly to be appointed Deputy Leader of the House of Commons in the final stages of Prime minister Gordon Brown's reshuffle.
Brit actor Matthew Goode comfortable with gay kisses 4
12:58 AM — British star Matthew Goode says that he's comfortable with gay kisses and nude scenes in the remake of Brideshead Revisited.
4th October 2008
Coronation Street Spoilers: Tony murders Liam on his stag do 1
3:54 PM — To say that there was tension in Weatherfield this week would be like saying the Pope is fairly religious, as ruthless Tony decides to dispatch his love-rival Liam once and for all.
Emmerdale Spoliers: Andy leaves hospital and goes looking for Sarah
3:50 PM — Lily starts the week by telling a few porky pies. She informs the girls at the factory that they misread the raffle ticket number and didn't win after all. The blame quickly falls on Pearl, who memorised the number. Everyone is shocked, but Val takes things a little too far when she starts berating Pearl's stupidity.
EastEnders: Ian discovers Jane’s dark secret
3:46 PM — After months of watching Jane sneaking off to supposed gym sessions we finally discover Jane's deep dark secret this week. Has she been sneaking off to meet a tall dark stranger? Is she working for the secret service as an undercover spy?
Manchester police appeal for witnesses after drowning near gay cruising ground
3:16 PM — Manchester police have today renewed their appeal for witnesses after discovery of a body in a city centre canal.
Eamonn Holmes accidentally “outs” Salma Hayek as a lesbian 7
11:26 AM — Sky News anchor Eamonn Holmes has accidentally outed Hollywood star Salma Hayek as lesbian.
Watford Football club’s war of words with Sir Elton John
11:02 AM — The Chairman of Watford Football Club has hit back at gay star Sir Elton John after he criticised the club for selling some of its best players for £21 million.
3rd October 2008
Downing St releases new Cabinet details
6:39 PM — The following announcement has been posted on the Downing St website: "The Queen is pleased to approve the following appointments."
Royall is new Leader of the Lords
6:28 PM — Baroness Royall has been appointed as Leader of the House of Lords. Gay equality organisation Stonewall said she had been "very supportive" of gay rights.