Scottish secretary David Mundell spends £150 on a bottle of vodka
The cabinet minister took part in a charitable auction hosted by Ed Miliband at the Pink News awards.
A host of senior politicians headed to the annual Pink News awards last night, with Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, Vince Cable, Sadiq Khan, Justine Greening, Sajid Javid, Emily Thornberry and Diane Abbott all in attendance.
Corbyn handed a lifetime achievement award to Lord Smith, the former culture secretary and Britain’s first openly gay MP. Smith came out in 1984 when he declared at a rally in Rugby: "Good afternoon, I’m Chris Smith, I’m the Labour MP for Islington South and Finsbury and I’m gay."
Paying tribute to Smith, the Labour leader said: "Chris and I both entered the House of Commons as neighbouring MPs in 1983. We both bitterly opposed Section 28 which discriminated against people because of their sexuality… Thanks to pioneers like Chris, Labour now has 19 openly LGBT MPs and Parliament has a record high of 45 members – the highest of any legislature in the world."
May voted against the repeal of Section 28, against the equal age of consent and against same-sex adoption. But in recent years her views have shifted, resulting in her voting for the Civil Partnership Act and for same-sex marriage.
The prime minister said last night: "I’m proud to lead a Cabinet with two out members, David Mundell, the first out gay man in a Conservative cabinet, and Justine Greening, the first out gay woman in any cabinet."
Later on it fell to Ed Miliband, fresh from his pub quiz exploits at Labour conference, to host the charity auction.
At the top end of the bidding, a copy of the Same Sex Marriage Act signed by former prime ministers including David Cameron went for nearly £3,000.
Meanwhile, the Scottish secretary generously shelled out £150 for "a bottle of personalized Absolut vodka" to impress his pals with.
The blurb stated: "Be the star of the show at your next party - Absolut will personalise a limited edition rainbow bottle with a picture of your face in the place of their iconic medallion."
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