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Can you come back to me please? Easy peasy question really. Will Ruth Kelly be launching the LGBT History Month initiative? You know it’ll be a great opportunity for her to reach out to the Gay voters who are suspicious about her missing those key votes.

Obviously its important that children should be given education on the place of lesbian, gay bisexual and trans-gendered people in history. The initiative will mean that children will be asked about historical figures who may have been lesbian or gay, and will learn about the dangers of homophobic abuse.

Any progress on reducing the 20% of school-leavers who are functionally illiterate? Get back to me when you have a moment…


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Writing in this week’s Spectator Diary, the former Chancellor and Evening Standard editor attempted to encapsulate how Boris operates…

“My children have the measure of our prime minister. A couple of years ago, my son and I went for a lovely Sunday lunch at his house in Oxfordshire — where he has a Kalashnikov mounted on the wall. Boris suggested we play a game. A tug of war, but with a difference. The rope is tied around your waist and the contest takes place across a swimming pool. If you lose you end up in the water, fully clothed.

That’s Johnson for you: fun, inventive but ruthless. I suspect his brother Jo had one ducking too many.”

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