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Labour launch gay election video ahead of European elections

PinkNews Staff Writer June 3, 2009
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Village bar in Soho saw the launch of the Labour Party’s LGBT Election Broadcast last night by the Work and Pensions Secretary James Purnell.

Mr Purnell told supporters: “In the UK, we have fought for – and won – equality for lesbians and gay men on a whole range of rights from civil partnerships to protection from discrimination, adoption rights and fertility treatment.

“But not all politicians share Labour’s belief in equality – and so I urge LGBT voters to go to their polling stations and vote for equality on Thursday. We need to stop the BNP getting their first MEP, and we should be wary of David Cameron’s plans to send his MEPs into an alliance with far-right parties who oppose gay rights.”

The election broadcast has been placed on a number of gay websites including and is also being distributed via YouTube.

But it comes just a day after published the results of its own research into the voting intentions of the British LGBT population.

39 per cent of respondents said they planned to vote Conservative in the next general election, compared to only 29 per cent for Labour.

Regarding the European elections, the Green party came out on top with 28 per cent of those surveyed planning to vote for the party. This was followed by 23 per cent for Conservative and 20 per cent for Labour.

Today Stonewall called on gay voters to come out in order to ensure that homophobic parties like the British National Party (BNP) do not win seats in the European Parliament.

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