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New Chair for DELGA

January 3, 2005 12:30 PM

Southwark Liberal Democrat Councillor and Parliamentary Candidate for Camberwell and Peckham, Richard Porter, has been elected to serve as Chair of the Liberal Democrats gay action group DELGA.

Commenting on his election, Richard said "I am absolutely delighted to be taking on this new position at such an important time for the Liberal Democrats. Over the past eight years, we have been the only party to provide the effective opposition to the Labour government".

"My immediate priority will be to work with my committee and our parliamentary team on the development of a general election campaign and manifesto for the LGBT community. Key issues for the forthcoming election will be focused around the themes of freedom, fairness and trust and will include proposals for an Equality Act, which will outlaw all discrimination based on sexual orientation".

"Liberal Democrats have a proud reputation of being the only party that have consistently argued for unconditional equality for the LGBT community and whilst progress has been made since 1997, we still have a long way to go before we are regarded as truly equal citizens before the law".

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Notes

1.Richard Porter is 30, single and lives in Peckham, south London.

2.He was elected to Southwark Council in 2002 and is currently the cabinet member for regeneration and economic development.

3.In 2004, Richard was selected as the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Camberwell and Peckham.

4.Richard can be contacted on 07748 645494