11th May 2007
Blair resignation speech in full 7
2:30 PM — I have come back here, to Sedgefield, to my constituency, where my political journey began and where it is fitting it should end.Today I announce my decision to stand down from the leadership of the Labour party.The party will now select a new leader. On 27 June I will tender my resignation from the office of prime minister to the Queen.
IDAHO highlights police action on hate crime
12:26 PM — With International Day Against Homophobia approaching Dyfed-Powys police are keen to tackle homophobia in their area.They are currently running a pilot scheme using Hate Crime Support Officers (HCSO) to support victims of hate crime in the Powys area.This will hopefully be extended in the future to the other counties they police; Carmarthenshire, Cerdigion and Pembrokeshire.
Comment: Pink List was badly chosen
12:15 PM — Despite his gay tendencies, Ben Leung is the Jewish Chronicle's most ardent British-born Chinese reader.Here he compares list of influential community figures as chosen by the Jews and the gays. Why is ours full of entertainers? What is it with spring that newspapers feel the urge to publish all sorts of power-lists or Top-100 most influential lists?
Ex-BP boss resigns from Goldman Sachs 15
11:53 AM — Lord John Browne, until last week the chief executive of the UK's largest company, has resigned a lucrative directorship.Yesterday Goldman Sachs Group, a Wall Street Investment bank, announced that Lord Browne had quit from the board.He had been a director of GS since the bank went public in 1999. The Mail on Sunday newspaper was responsible for exposing that Lord Browne lied in court documents.
10th May 2007
Corrie stars support IDAHO gay initiative
6:35 PM — To coincide with International Day Against Homophobia on May 17th, Coronation Street star Antony Cotton has gathered fellow cast members to support Exceeding Expectations, Manchester's initiative to end homophobia through education.Over the next three years Exceeding Expectations will support more than 12,000 education professionals with appropriate interventions, resources, training and advice on homophobia and sexuality.
Analysis: Blair steps down – what happens next? 7
6:15 PM — The Prime Minister's announcement this afternoon that he intends to stand down triggers a complex election procedure to replace him and his deputy leader John Prescott, who is also retiring.The first thing to note is that Tony Blair is still PM and will remain so until he goes to see the Queen on June 27th and resigns.Her Majesty will then ask whoever has been elected by the Labour party as their leader to form a government.
Prescott: “an honour to serve”
4:00 PM — John Prescott quietly stood down from his role of deputy leader of the Labour party today as the media focus was on Tony Blair.Mr Prescott, despite a notoriously bad relationship with Peter Mandelson, was vocal in his support for gay rights.The Deputy Prime Minister wrote to his local constituency party in Hull East revealing his intention to stand down. He also gave them a detailed defence of his controversial time in office.
Gay advert tops complaints list
2:00 PM — An advert that displayed a pool of blood next to a Bible attracted the biggest number of complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority last year.553 complaints from Christian groups such as the Evangelical Alliance and Christian Voice claimed that the Gay Police Association advert promoted religious hatred.12,800 adverts drew complaints last year, a record high. The ASA has seen a rise in concerns about online advertising.
Analysis: Big changes expected in a Brown cabinet 7
1:11 PM — When Tony Blair told his Cabinet of his intention to resign this morning, many of them must have been wondering if they would still be a minister by the time the next PM takes office.Picking his own Cabinet will give Mr Blair's expected successor, Gordon Brown, a chance to revitalise the government.As many as eight Cabinet ministers could go after a change of leader on June 27th.
Britain is a blessed nation says Blair 7
12:32 PM — In an emotional address to supporters, friends and family in his own constituency, Tony Blair acknowledged his shortcoming as Prime Minister and justified his controversial decisions.He apologised directly for mistakes but urged voters to believe he had genuine motives:"Hand on heart i did what i thought was right," he said.
Tony Blair to stand down as PM on June 27 7
12:16 PM — The Prime Minister has announced that he is resigning as leader of the Labour party and will hand over power once a successor has been elected.Tony Blair told his Cabinet of his intention this morning and then travelled to his constituency in Sedgfield in county Durham to make his announcement.In Trimdon Labour Club, he told supporters he is proud of achieving equality for gay people.
Gay reactions to Blair’s announcement 7
11:40 AM — Prominent politicians, commentators and gay activists have spoken in praise of Tony Blair, who announced today that he is to retire as soon as the Labour party select his successor.Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay equality organisation Stonewall, told PinkNews.co.uk:"Without a doubt, one of New Labour's lasting legacies will be the contribution that Tony Blair has made to equality for lesbian and gay people."
John Prescott to step down
11:13 AM — The Deputy Prime Minister has announced his departure from office in an open letter to his constituents.John Prescott, 68, has been the most colourful member of the Blair government. He also had a long track record of speaking up for gay rights.In May 2006 he had the last of his departmental powers taken away.
9th May 2007
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Gay top cop tipped for Mayor 3
5:59 PM — The most senior out gay police officer in the UK is being courted by two major parties as mayoral candidate for London, it has been reported.Brian Paddick, who is currently a Deputy Assistant Commissioner in London's Metropolitan Police, has asked to be allowed to stand down before the end of his current contract.He is to leave the force at the end of May.
Bournemouth triumph in gay football cup
2:14 PM — England's first gay football championship saw a Vicky Pollard impersonator being penalised by a referee and GFC Bournemouth go on to lift the cup.The beat the Yorkshire Terriers 2 - 0 in the final played at Sutton Coldfield.The Gay Footballers Supporters Network National League was formed in 2002.
Brighton beach walk raises 40K for Stonewall
1:47 PM — Stonewall's fourth Equality Walk in Brighton on Sunday raised over £40,000 towards its work for gay equality.300 supporters assembled at the Brighton Pavilion to raise money for Stonewall's continuing work.The 10km sponsored walk was officially started by Councillor David Smith, Mayor of the City of Brighton Hove.
Gays go back in the closet
1:00 PM — A group of gay men and women in Gloucestershire will be going back into "the closet" in May to draw attention to the fact that there are still many countries in the world where gays are persecuted, and even executed.Organised by Gloucestershire Rainbow Day, the event will be staged at Stroud's gay and lesbian bar, the Lockkeepers in Wallbridge for 24 hours, from 6pm on Friday May 18th.It is to be Gloucestershire's contribution to International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO)
Scots urged to write for gay rights 1
11:46 AM — In a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are being criminalised, tortured or ill-treated on the basis of their real or perceived sexuality, people in Scotland are being asked to take action.To mark the third International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) on 17th May, individuals are encouraged to demand greater respect for the human rights by writing to one of the countries failing to protect LGBT people from abuse.
8th May 2007
Analysis: Miliband’s appeal shows he should have run 3
7:40 PM — It could go down in history as one of the worst political decisions ever made - if gay votes are anything to go by.A poll of PinkNews.co.uk readers shows that if David Miliband had got up the courage to tackle Gordon Brown for the leadership, Labour might have had a stronger chance of winning an historic fourth term in office.27% wanted Mr Miliband as next Prime Minister.