Gay Labour Fund for LGBT MPs Hits £2,000 Target as Party Pushes for More Diverse Commons
‘Dorothy’s List’, a campaign fund to support LGBT Labour parliamentary candidates, has met its general election target of £2,000.
It was reached in the same week that Labour Party General Secretary Ray Collins is set to address the ‘Speaker’s Conference’ on improving diversity, including LGBT representation, in the House of Commons.
The LGBT Labour campaign fund met its £2,000 goal 12 months ahead of a likely general election – thanks to the donation of supporter Chris Mahood whose contribution last weekend pushed the fund over its target.
“I donated to LGBT Labour’s ‘Dorothy’s List’ this weekend because I’m proud of all Labour has achieved on LGBT rights,” Mr. Mahood said.
“What LGBT Labour is doing to get more openly gay and lesbian people into Parliament is really important, since having ‘out’ MPs has helped to transform LGBT rights. Under Labour, section 28 has been repealed, Civil Partnerships introduced and Gender Recognition Act created.”
Katie Hanson co-chair of LGBT Labour welcomed the donation.
“I don’t think Chris knew what an important difference his donation would make,” she said.’
“‘Dorothy’s List’ has now met its £2,000 target twelve months ahead of a likely general election. We thank him and the many others who have donated for their support and we will ask our AGM on May 2nd to set a new target for the year ahead.”
Next month, Michael Cashman MEP – the European Parliament’s only out male MEP – will be holding dinners in Birmingham (May 15) and Manchester (May 16) to raise money for Labour Euro candidates.
LGBT Labour plans to hold its next ‘Dorothy’s List’ fundraiser in London on June 25 with Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell.
‘Dorothy’s List’ was created 18 months ago by LGBT Labour to support LGBT people selected by Labour to get elected to public office. The fund will send donations to the campaigns of openly LGBT candidates before the election offering more support for marginal seat candidates, lesbian and bisexual women, transgender people, as well as ethnic minorities and disabled LGBT people.
The ‘Speaker’s Conferenc’’ was launched by Leader of the House of Commons Harriet Harman in November last year.
During the debate that followed, Emily Thornberry MP said: “The proposed Speaker’s Conference should expand its remit to consider the increased representation of lesbians, gay people and bisexuals, because to have only one out lesbian in this place of 1,300 politicians is not sufficient to be able to speak about the lived experience of Britain’s 1.8 million lesbians on their behalf.”