5th October 2008
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.
Police appeal for witnesses after body found near gay cruising area 1
5:32 PM — Manchester police have asked for witnesses to come forward after the body of a man was found in a canal in the early hours of this morning.
Nick Brown becomes second gay man appointed in reshuffle 13
5:15 PM — As more details of the Cabinet reshuffle are released, it has been confirmed that Nick Brown will replace Geoff Hoon as Chief Whip.
Mixed reactions to Mandelson’s return 4
2:25 PM — He has always been a figure of controversy, and today friends and foes of Peter Mandelson have lost no time in sharing their views on his shock return to Cabinet.
Margaret Beckett returns as Miliband’s star rises
1:53 PM — Cabinet Office minister Ed Miliband is to head a new energy and climate change department.
Gay rights advocate to replace Mandelson in Brussels
1:30 PM — Baroness Ashton is to leave the Cabinet and replace Peter Mandelson as an EU Commissioner.
Leading gay politician Peter Mandelson to rejoin government 6
12:52 PM — The openly gay European Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson is to rejoin the Cabinet as Business Secretary.
Former “anti-gay” Equality Minister Ruth Kelly to stand down as MP 3
12:05 AM — The Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly will not seek re-election as an MP, she has told her constituents.
2nd October 2008
Arsenal manager says homophobic abuse should not be tolerated
8:04 PM — A leading football coach has said insults of any kind should not be tolerated after a Portsmouth player was targeted with homophobic and racist abuse.
London gay youth left permanently paralysed by homophobic attack 40
7:33 PM — A 21 year old has been left permanently paralysed from the waist down after he was set upon by a group of youths while he was on his way to a gay bar in east London.