The 2015 Election Low Down: Your Guide to the Parties LGBT Pledges & Policies

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 11:45

Ahead of the 2015 General Election we wanted to give you the 'LGBT Consortium low down' on what each party is pledging for LGBT people in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 


Conservative Party

David Cameron pledged to continue to champion equality for LGBT people. We know that the Tories want to scrap the Human Rights Act, and introduce a British Bill of Rights but what else has it got up its sleeves for us...

  • To continue to tackle all forms of bullying in our schools
  • To build on the posthumous pardon of Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing, with a broader measure to lift the plight of outdated convictions of this nature. a new law that will pardon those people will be introduced.
  • To review the legislation governing hate crimes, including the case for extending the scope of the law to cover crimes committed against people on the basis of disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity

We really had to rummage through their Manifesto for this information and we can’t find anything else at this time – but watch this space!


Ed Miliband has pledged to be a “warrior” for LGBT rights apparently. Labour says it will have a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime and the Party pledges to review the procedures for LGBT asylum seekers and both the gender recognition laws and access to gender-related healthcare.

Labour has released an LGBT Mainfesto which you can find here 

  • Deliver ‘Turing’s Law’, offering posthumous pardons for gay men convicted under historic indecency laws.
  • Undertake a review of gender identity law and policy.
  • Legislate to strengthen the law on hate crime.
  • Tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools.
  • Make age-appropriate sex and relationship education compulsory in all state-funded schools.
  • Appoint an International Envoy for LGBT rights.
  • Ensure our asylum procedures are fair to people fleeing persecution based on sexuality or gender identity.
  • Improve access to mental health services for LGBT individuals.
  • Work with the trans community to improve access to gender care services.
  • Seek and support more LGBT people to run as candidates for public office.

Liberal Democrats

In the Lib Dems Menifesto they have a very attractive rainbow flow chart plotting their support for LGBT rights and a whole page dedicated to LGBT rights. They pledge to do the following:

  • Give legal rights and obligations to cohabiting couples in the event of relationship breakdown or one partner dying without a will.
  • Permit humanist weddings and opposite sex civil partnerships, and liberalise the rules about the location, timing and content of wedding ceremonies.
  • Support schools to tackle homophobic and transphobic bullying and discrimination, and to establish a tolerant and inclusive environment for all their pupils. We will remove schools’ exemption from the bar on harassment in these areas while protecting the right to teach about religious doctrine.
  • Promote international recognition of same sex marriages and civil partnerships as part of a comprehensive International LGBT Rights Strategy that supports the cause of decriminalising homosexuality in other countries.
  • Seek to pardon all those with historic convictions for consensual homosexual activity between adults.
  • Enhance the experience of all football fans by making homophobic chanting a criminal offence, like racist chanting.
  • Ask the Advisory Committee on Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs periodically to review rules around men who have sex with men donating blood to consider what restrictions remain necessary

The Green Party

The Green Party has made pledges on issues affecting LGBTIQ people, including backing reform to pension legislation for same-sex couples.

They have a comprehensive list of pledges to advance LGBT rights;

  • Legislate to remedy inequality in pension inheritance for same-sex marriage partners and same-sex civil partners
  • Consider reducing the 12-month blood donation deferral period for men who have sex with men, based on individual risk assessment where the donor is identified to be not at risk of passing infections into the blood supply.
  • Apologise and pardon all 50,000 – 100,00 men convicted of consenting adult same-sex relations under anti-gay laws that have now been repealed
  • Provide mandatory HIV, sex and relationship education  age appropriate and LGBTIQ inclusive – in all schools from primary level onwards.
  • Require every school to have an anti-bullying programme that explicitly combats homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.
  • Combat homophobic, biphobic and transphobic violence by ensuring uniform legislation against all forms of hate crime.
  • End the cuts to the NHS, which have undermined HIV services and made it harder for trans people to access gender reassignment services.
  • End the detention of LGBTIQ (and other) asylum seekers and the culture of disbelief that often denies them refugee status.
  • Challenge criminalisation, discrimination and violence against LGBTIQ people in other countries and work in solidarity with campaigners there.
  • Press the Commonwealth to grant accredited status to a Commonwealth LGBTIQ Association and urge all member states to end the criminalisation of homosexuality and protect LGBTIQ citizens against discrimination and hate crime.


Ummm, UKIP appear to have no LGBT policy outlined in their Manifesto.


Plaid Cymru

Plaid Cymru includes specific pledges and policy outlines for LGBT people in their Manifesto;  

  • To ensure that all schools and local authorities record incidents of homophobic bullying and seek to eradicate it by providing support and training to teachers, building on work that Plaid Cymru has already carried out. This will help them to better identify victims and act appropriately in cases of LGBT bullying in schools.
  • To end the 12 month ban on blood donations by gay and bisexual men.
  • To provide support wherever possible to tackle isolation and provide safe spaces for individuals and groups.
  • To toughen sentencing on homo, bi and transphobic hate crime and work closely with police authorities to ensure widespread recording.
  • To work towards the implementation of a framework for Primary Care Service for Trans and Intersex people and the development of a Gender Identity Clinic in Wales.
  • To support the Human Rights Act and work with international organisation to ensure that LGBT rights are understood and implemented on a global scale.



SNP MPs have pledged to make the case for the establishment of a special envoy (a diplomatic post within the Foreign Office) to promote the rights of LGBTI people throughout the world.

The SNP say that it seeks to maintain the protections provided by the Equality Act 2010 and will ask the government to engage with key stakeholders on potential improvements.

Northern Ireland

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)

The largest party Northern Ireland, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), has not mentioned LGBT issues at all in their manifesto. Is it worth mentioning here that the DUP have historically opposed all LGBT rights votes in Westminster and Stormont, we think so (just saying).

Sinn Féin

Sinn Fein say they will be “Championing the cause of transgender people to ensure that they have equal access to goods, facilities and services.”

  • Oppose the DUP’s conscience clause, saying that it is “an attempt to erode human rights and reduce the effectiveness of equality legislation”
  • Pledge to support marriage equality.
  • Pledge to address online homophobic and transphobic bullying.

The Social Democratic and Labour Party

The Social Democratic and Labour Party has pledged to campaign for equal rights for all, regardless of sex or sexual orientation.

Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) 

Similarly to the Social Democratic and Labour Party, the Ulster Unionist Party has pledged to respect all sexualities.
The UUP additionally states that it wants to ensure all children have age-appropriate teaching on sexual diversity.

More information to come as and when it is released!

If you think we have missed something - please let us know and we add it in!



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