Nick questions the Equalities Minister about the Government's newly-published LGBT Action Plan

Nick Herbert

I congratulate my right hon. Friend on what she has just said about trans issues and on the action plan, which is welcome and comprehensive.  I particularly congratulate her on the measures to ensure that Government support will be given through our diplomatic missions and through the Department for International Development to LGBT organisations on the ground worldwide.  Will she say more about the Government’s bid for the chairmanship of the Equal Rights Coalition, which is mentioned in the action plan?  That would be very welcome, as it would be a statement of the UK’s strong support for LGBT rights globally.

Penny Mordaunt (Equalities Minister)

I thank my right hon. Friend for that suggestion.  I am in complete agreement with him. In my time in this place, I have seen the effect of whichever party has been in government advancing the rights of LGBT people on other nations around the world.  We now have a huge opportunity with our chairing of the Commonwealth, and there are many other opportunities coming up.  I agree with him wholeheartedly on this.

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