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How gay-friendly is Labour’s next leader?

Stonewall publishes voting records for leading candidates

Stonewall has published voting records for the six Labour leadership candidates. The results are based on an analysis of 14 key votes on gay equality in the House of Commons between 2001 and 2010. Each candidate for the Labour leadership is ranked on the votes they could have cast during their time as an MP.

John McDonnell scores 100% after supporting every piece of equality legislation and Ed Balls, the former Education Secretary, scores 93%. Both David and Ed Miliband score 86%. Diane Abbott scores 75% and former health secretary Andy Burnham comes sixth, scoring just 71% after failing to support a range of equality measures during his nine years in Parliament.

Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill said: ‘We hope everyone involved in choosing the next Labour leader will carefully examine the track records of each candidate on equality. How people have voted in the past is an important indicator of whether they can be trusted to take equality for everyone in Britain seriously in the future.’

Full voting records are available here 

Thank you

Just want to thank you for keeping this page up post-election. I've just moved and have a different MP to the one I voted for in May. I'm now represented by a Tory with a grand total score of 14... he's gonna be hearing from me a fair bit methinks! Thanks again - excellent work Stonewall.

Jean, 24 May 2010

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