Lord Cashman takes up seat in House of Lords
Former MEP Lord Michael Cashman has taken up his seat in the House of Lords.
The LGBT rights campaigner was officially ennobled today in a ceremony in the upper chamber as “Baron Cashman, of Limehouse in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.”
Yesterday, Lord Cashman tweeted the news and gave a heartfelt tribute to his late partner, Paul Cottingham, who died from cancer last Thursday.
Tuesday I take my seat in the House of Lords.I will not take it alone.Beside me,unseen by others will be the love of my life Paul Cottingham
— Michael Cashman (@mcashmanCBE) October 27, 2014
Senior Labour figures, including former prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, along with Labour leader Ed Miliband, paid tribute to Mr Cottingham and offered their condolences to Lord Cashman. The peer said he had been “overwhelmed” by the support.
Oh my dear, dear friends I am overwhelmed by the love and support and memories of the love of my life Paul Cottingham. I am, because of him. — Michael Cashman (@mcashmanCBE) October 24, 2014
Lord Cashman will tomorrow receive the Outstanding Achievement Award from Mr Miliband at the PinkNews Awards in Parliament.
Before going into politics Michael Cashman had long been a household name.
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As a child actor he was cast in the role of Oliver Twist in the original run of Lionel Bart’s musical Oliver!
However, he is possibly best known for his role as Colin Russell in the BBC’s long-running soap Eastenders.
His character is best remembered for taking part in the first ever same-sex kiss in a British soap.
He co-founded gay rights charity Stonewall in 1989.