The remaining Labour leadership candidates will be questioned on LGBTQI issues in Manchester today


The event taking place in Manchester today is presented by PinkNews, hosted by LGBT+ Labour and supported by DIVA. It is the first event of its kind and will offer Labour members the chance to grill the candidates on LGBTI issues such as homelessness, conversion therapy, international rights and the Gender Recognition Act.

It is crucial that each candidate outlines their vision for the Labour Party going forward and illustrate how they are going to return to power, as Labour faced its worst election result since 1935 last year.

Tickets are still available to LGBT+ Labour members, wider party members and members of the queer community. The event can also be watched live online for those not based in Manchester as PinkNews will be streaming the hustings in full.

DIVA publisher Linda Riley, who will be grilling the candidates, said: “DIVA is delighted to partner with PinkNews at the Labour LGBT+ hustings and look forward to hearing the views of the future Labour Party leadership on LGBT+ issues.”

Here’s a rundown of the candidates who will be put to the test on LGBTQI issues today:

Leadership Candidates

Keir Starmer: MP for Holborn and St Pancras since 2015. He is currently Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, having been appointed to the Shadow Cabinet by Jeremy Corbyn in 2016. 

Lisa Nandy: Lisa has served as MP for Wigan since 2010. She was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Tessa Jowell from 2010 to 2012 and Shadow Charities Minister from 2012 to 2015. 

Rebecca Long-Bailey: A British Labour Party political and former solicitor serving as MP for Salford and Eccles since the 2015 election. She has served as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in Jeremy Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet since 2017. 

Deputy Leadership Candidates

Dawn Butler: Dawn Butler has served as Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities since 2017, and has served as MP for Brent Central since 2015. 

Angela Rayner: A British Labour Party politician who has been MP for Asthon-under-Lyne since 2015. She has served in the Shadow Cabinet of Jeremy Corbyn as Shadow Secretary of State for Education since 2016.

Ian Murray: MP for Edinburgh South since the 2010 general election. From 2015 to 2017 and since December 2019, Murray has been the only Labour Party MP representing a Scottish constituency in the Westminster Parliament. 

Rosena Allin-Khan: A British politician who has served as MP for Tooting since the 2016 by-election, and Shadow Minister for Sport between October 2016 and January 2020. 

Richard Burgon: Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Shadow Lord Chancellor in the Shadow Cabinet of Jeremy Corbyn since 2016, Richard has been the MP for Leeds East since 2015. 

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