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    First Published: Before August 2002
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The Tories aren't the only party with a leader who's fighting a General Election for the first time. Charles Kennedy took over the Liberal Democrats from Paddy Ashdown and has not only taken a personal lead on many gay issues since his appointment but also ensured that equality is at the forefront of the party’s 2001 General Election agenda.

The Liberal Democrat manifesto contains pledges to introduce an all-encompassing Equality Act, to allow gays and lesbians the right to adopt children, to reform laws on sexual offences, to remove discrimination against trans-sexuals and to recognise gay partnerships.

The party has also consistently committed itself to scrapping Section 28, unequivocally supported the equalisation of the age of consent and called for anti-discrimination laws for people with HIV and AIDS.

As the new leader of the Liberal Democrats Charles Kennedy may not have made the initial political impact that many were hoping for, but his dedication to achieving equality for all cannot be questioned.
Stonewall welcomes the Liberal Democrat manifesto pledge to repeal section 28. It also praises the Liberal Democrat commitment to establish a civil partnership register for same-sex couples and to pass a single Equality Act protecting all citizens from discrimination.

Angela Mason, executive director of Stonewall, congratulated the Liberal Democrats on a "brave manifesto that makes it clear that human rights are not negotiable".

"Some of the Liberal Democrat candidates, who have strong track records on lesbian and gay equality issues, are standing in marginal seats facing a Tory challenger. Those who support equality and human rights, who will make their ballot box decisions based on these issues, should consider the candidates' records and use their vote wisely" Angela Mason added.

You can find out more about the Liberal Democrats manifesto on their website:

OutUK's coverage of election 2001 will continue to update you on aspects of the campaign that affect gay men. Stonewall are also encouraging us all to vote tactically and you can find out more about their excellent website using the link below.

We also have more on the other main party manifestos, and the issues contained in them.

   OutUK Election 2001
   Stonewall's Political Campaign
        Other Parties


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