Tag Archives: Liberal Democrats

MPs we’ll miss – and we won’t

Parliament

As Parliament winds down ready for the snap election on December 12th – our second in under three years – MPs on all sides are declaring they have had enough of the green benches. MPs we won’t be sad to see the back of include those who fought against same-sex marriage including Conservatives Guto Bebb (MP for Aberconwy), David Lidington […]

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Bi Visibility Day: Political Snapshot

Twenty years on from its inception, how did Bi Visibility Day look on UK politics twitter? The date may be fixed on the 23rd but it bobs up and down the party conference season, so is sometimes at the same time as Green, SNP, Plaid, Lib Dem or Labour conferences. Sometimes this has led to seaside party flashmobs and the […]

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Winning Ally

The first of this week’s two political party leadership announcements is here – Jo Swinson MP becomes leader of the Liberal Democrats. Jo is of interest to BCN readers as in 2013 she was the first government minister to send a message of support for Bi Visibility Day, as BiMedia reported at the time. She said then: “Absolutely no-one should […]

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TIG, Women and Equalities

Parliament

This week has seen the formation of a new Parliamentary grouping The Independent Group, made up of former Labour and Conservative MPs. Remarkably, two of the eleven members TIG currently has are members of the cross-party Women And Equalities sub-committee of the House of Commons.  One has crossed from the Conservatives – Anna Soubry – and another from Labour – […]

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Bis Hold On in UK Election

The UK General Election yesterday produced a polling upset – yet another in a recent run of them in the UK – as the governing Conservative party narrowly lost its majority in the House of Commons. Both the out-bi MPs who were defending their seats were re-elected, with Cat Smith (Labour, Lancaster) increasing her majority while Daniel Kawczynski (Conservative, Shrewsbury) […]

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Lib Dems call for Bi Visibility Day recognition

The Liberal Democrat Conference is on in Bournemouth and this morning passed a motion calling for: “The government to recognise and observe Bisexual Visibility Day (23 September), Intersex Awareness Day (26 October) and Transgender Day of Remembrance (20 November)” In 2013 and 2014 during the Conservative – Liberal Democrat coalition there were ministerial messages of support from the government for […]

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Section 28 to go in Scotland

The Scottish Parliament’s Communities Minister Wendy Alexander MSP has announced that Section 28’s days are numbered.  The date for repeal is not yet set but it will form part of the legislative agenda for the Scottish Parliament. The clause, which bans the “promotion of homosexuality” through schools and libraries, has not seen a single successful prosecution in more than a […]

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