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Candidates looking forward to gay hustings

PinkNews Staff Writer March 12, 2008
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Two men vying to become the next Mayor of London have said they are looking forward to the Stonewall hustings event next month.

The hustings, on Saturday 19th April, will give the capital’s gay and lesbian community an opportunity to question the candidates ahead of polling day on May 1st. is proud to be the media partner for the Stonewall hustings, which will be held at the BFI Southbank.

Brian Paddick, the Liberal Democrat candidate, was until May 2007 the most senior out gay police officer in the country.

He made the following comment about the Stonewall hustings:

“It was the farmer’s birthday and the chickens decided to give him a cooked breakfast as a present.

“The pigs said to the chickens “it’s OK for you to be committed to this idea but we’re involved”.

“It’s OK for others to say they are committed to LGBT issues but I’m involved (and I used to be a “pig”!).”

Boris Johnson, the Conservative party candidate, told

“I want to represent everyone in our fantastic cosmopolitan city.

“Stonewall do a fantastic job in promoting equality I am looking forward to discussing the issues that the gay and lesbian community in London are interested in.”

Incumbent Mayor and Labour party candidate Ken Livingstone and Green party candidate Sian Berry will both attend the hustings on Saturday 19th April. editor Tony Grew said:

“We have been so impressed with the amount of interest this hustings has generated already. More than 100 people have already registered, and the event was only announced less than a week ago.

“The hustings will be a real opportunity for our readers to question the candidates face-to-face.

“Given how close the Stonewall hustings is to polling day, it will probably be the last, and most exciting, public event addressed by the leading candidates.”

The Stonewall husting will be Saturday 19th April between 11am and 12.30pm at the BFI Southbank, London.

The event is open to everyone, but in order to ensure a seat you must register here.

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