Monday , 16 September 2019

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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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Out MP awarded first-class honours degree

Mhairi Black

“Out” Scottish MP Mhairi Black has been awarded a first class honours degree in politics from Glasgow University. Ms Black became the youngest MP to sit in the Commons for nearly 350 years when she won Paisley and Renfrewshire South at the general election – sensationally overturning the 16,614 majority for former Secretary of State for Scotland Douglas Alexander. She ...

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Former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy dies


  Charles Kennedy, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats has died aged 55. Kennedy, who won the seat of Ross, Cromarty and Skye for the SDP in 1983, held the constituency for 32 years before losing to the SNP in last month’s General Election. Kennedy was, during his time in parliament, a vocal advocate for LGBT equality. In 1988, ...

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Equality Network launches election priorities survey


A leading Scottish charity has today launched an election priorities survey to find out which key political issues Scottish LGBTI people would like to be addressed. The Equality Network, a Scottish human rights and equality charity, will be lobbying the various political parties in the lead-up to next year’s election with a view to influencing their policy commitments on LGBTI ...

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Scotland’s government opposes Human Rights Act repeal

The Scottish Government has expressed its opposition to repeal of th Human Rights Act

The Scottish government has made clear its opposition to Conservative Party proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act. Responding to yesterday’s Queen’s Speech, in which the plans to replace the Human Rights Act with a British “Bill of Rights” were put on hold, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned that the UK government’s ongoing commitment to scrapping the legislation must be ...

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Scottish Tory leader and partner call for Irish same-sex marriage YES vote

Ruth Davidson

The Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, and her Irish partner Jen Wilson, have urged Irish voters to back same-sex marriage in the forthcoming referendum. Ireland will take to the polls on 22nd May in a referendum that appears too close to call, almost two decades after homosexuality was finally decriminalised in the Republic. The issue of same-sex marriage has loomed ...

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Nick Clegg responds to Coalition for Marriage accusation

Nick Clegg

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has issued a response to a poster from Coalition for Marriage, which criticised his role in making same-sex marriage a reality. He responded on twitter after the group released a poster claiming that “Nick Clegg forced same-sex marriage on Britain”. The Deputy Prime Minister tweeted: “Don’t think I’ve actually forced anyone into a same-sex marriage ...

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European Parliament reviews LGBTI rights in Balkans

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Yesterday the European Parliament adopted four of its annual reports for candidate and potential candidate EU countries. MEPs have assessed the rights of LGBTI people in the Balkans – Montenegro, Macedonia, Serbia and Kosovo – and recommended ways in which the respective countries could improve the situation. In its report on Montenegro, the Parliament welcomed the authorities protecting and facilitating ...

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Gay UKIP MEP to challenge Salmond

David Coburn

UKIP’s only MEP in Scotland has intimated he will stand against the former Scottish First Minister in the 2015 General Election. David Coburn, who is openly gay, revealed plans to contest the Gordon constituency in an interview with Scotland on Sunday. The constituency is currently held by Lib Dem Sir Malcolm Bruce, who will be retiring at the election. Alex ...

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Katy Clark: homophobia in schools is cause for concern

Our conversations with the candidates for Scottish Labour leader and deputy leader continue. Today Ayrshire MP Katy Clark tells us why she believes the Deputy leader should be a Westminster MP and how she hopes to work to create a more tolerant society. KaleidoScot: What would you do to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in school? Katy: Levels of homophobia, ...

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