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Tag Archives: Labour Party

MPs subjected to homophobic abuse from activists


  Two Labour MPs have been subjected to homophobic threats by political activists, with one of them receiving a death threat. In non-connected incidents Labour MPs Ben Bradshaw and Angela Eagle have both been on the receiving end of intimidation and abuse of a homophobic nature. Bradshaw, who is the MP for Exeter and openly gay, was sent a racist and homophobic message ...

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Manifesto Watch: Where does Scottish Labour stand on LGBTI issues?


Like most other parties competing in the Scottish parliament elections, the Scottish Labour Party is keen to highlight its support for LGBTI equality. Its leader, Kezia Dugdale, recently came out and earlier this week told Pink News she is “quite clearly gay” (also reported in yesterday’s Herald).  Labour’s manifesto has a specific section on LGBTI rights, rather than integrating them ...

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Politicians criticise Scottish Government’s civil partnership stance


Scottish opposition politicians have expressed concern at the Scottish government’s announcement that it does not wish to introduce opposite-sex civil partnerships. Leading figures from the Scottish Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Green parties have been united in their calls for the Scottish government to reconsider its position. The Scottish government is currently consulting on the future of civil partnerships, but ...

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Jeremy Corbyn wins by landslide Labour leadership contest

Jeremy Corbyn

Left wing backbencher Jeremy Corbyn won the British Labour Party elections by a landslide, successfully seeing off a frontbenchers Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall. Corbyn received an overwhelming 59.5% the votes, over 40% more than his nearest rival Burnham, who got 19%, making a second round was unnecessary. Former minister Tom Watson was elected deputy leader. Corbyn who ...

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Glasgow council leader poised to quit

Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson

The leader of Glasgow City Council, Gordon Matheson, is set to stand down from his role within the next few days. Matheson, who is openly gay, was initially expected to step down in February 2016 to allow him to concentrate on his campaign to be elected to Holyrood. However, following some dreadful by-election reversals for Labour and criticism of his ...

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MPs call for end to LGBTI discrimination

Stewart McDonald MP: "This group has been founded at a crucial time."

The speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, yesterday formally launched a new cross-party group to champion intrenational LGBTI equality and rights. The newly formed All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Global LGBTI Rights is the first of its kind, and includes members of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The APPG will take on the ...

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Labour prioritise suicide prevention in LGBT manifesto

The Labour Party has committed titself to improving access to mental health services for young LGBT people, and tackling the disproportionately high suicide rate among the LGBT community. The party has pointed to statistics confirming that almost a quarter of young lesbian, gay and bisexual people – and half of young trans people – have attempted suicide. Labour has pledged ...

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Labour to review “discriminatory and offensive” treatment of LGBT asylum seekers

The Labour Party has pledged to review the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans asylum seekers in an LGBT Manifesto which will be launched in Brighton today. The LGBT Manifesto states: “With Labour, Britain will always be a country that provides refugee for those fleeing persecution, whether on the basis of their sexuality or gender identity. There have been too many cases ...

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Should we “think Church” before we vote?


“Think ‘church’ before you vote – and punish candidates who believe in marriage equality (i.e. don’t believe in the ‘sanctity of marriage’”). That’s the view of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Paisley, Rt Rev John Keenan, who was one of the authors of a “pastoral letter” read in every Scottish Catholic church last Sunday. The faithful were told that “life, ...

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Labour proposes “Turing Law”


A Labour government would create new legislation to ensure posthumous pardons for gay men convicted under historical indecency laws, leader Ed Miliband has announced. Miliband’s proposed law would allow family and friends of deceased men to request historical convictions for “gross indecency” to be overturned, and would be named “Turing’s Law” in memory of computer scientist and cryptanalyst Alan Turing, ...

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