My message at Pride in London: celebrating, loving, and fighting discrimination together

On Saturday 25 June, I had the privilege of speaking from the main stage of London’s LGBT+ Pride as Deputy Chair of Pride’s Community Advisory Board, representing bi people and communities. This is what I said: “It is twenty years since I first got involved in Pride in the Capital. And it was in that… Read More

Ruth Davidson – a new kind of politician, a new kind of politics

Writing a post like this is liable to inflame some of my fellow Liberal Democrats and other friends who simply dislike Tories, but the results of Thursday’s elections to the Scottish Parliament  deserve comment, not least because of the extraordinary revival of the Scottish Conservatives under their leader Ruth Davidson. I am proud and fortunate to… Read More

Diversity Champion: It is time for me to ‘come out’ – I am a Freemason

I like to think of my life as being an open book. Whether it be my membership of the Liberal Democrats (or even that I used to be a Tory), my passion for Rochdale Football Club, or my sexual orientation; it is all out there clearly on public display. I’m even reasonably open that I… Read More

Delighted to see so many friends and colleagues in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List

The UK’s honours system sometimes comes in for criticism, (not least when I received an OBE for public service four years ago!) but today’s list yet again recognised people from every station in society including school crossing attendants, teachers, carers, and community activists. I was particularly delighted to see so many friends and colleagues listed… Read More

The ASA: I’m standing down as Chairman

This afternoon the following statement will be issued by the ASA press office, announcing my decision to stand down from the role of Chairman of the Amateur Swimming Association Group Board with effect from the end of this month. I came to the ASA for a very specific purpose, to lead it through a process of… Read More

Labour leadership: Dan Jarvis, a loss to his party and to the nation

I’m not a supporter of the Labour Party and, other than a brief flirtation in those heady days of optimism of the first Blair term of office, never have been. It is therefore surprising that I choose to comment on the forthcoming leadership election in the Labour Party.  I was however moved to write by… Read More

General Election 2015: For our country’s sake, vote Liberal Democrat on May 7th

My last two election blog posts have tried to retain a certain degree of party neutrality, looking dispassionately at the likely outcomes in marginal seats and wishing candidates of all parties the best of luck. But now, with less than twenty four hours until the polling stations are open, is the time to be clear as… Read More

General Election 2015: good luck to candidates – and their constituents

With three days to go until polling day in what is likely to be the tightest and most unpredictable election in living memory, my thoughts go out to all candidates and their campaign teams as they approach the big day. They also extend to the electors, especially in highly marginal constituencies, who will have been bombarded… Read More

General Election 2015: a gifted amateur’s prediction – Labour will be the largest party, just.

Because of my well known interest in all things political, one of the most frequent questions I am asked these days is “What do you think will happen in the election?”. My general response up until now has been the psephological equivalent of sticking my finger in the air to guess which way the wind was… Read More

Inclusion in Football: Fans must demand better of the FA

On the eve of one of the most important days in the history of women’s football in England, the game’s governing body is yet again mired in a discrimination related scandal. A Championship club chairman is facing an investigation for making racist and antisemitic statements whilst defending his decision to appoint Malky Mackay, a manager… Read More