June 1, 2020

This is why Pride Month matters

Today marks the beginning of Pride Month. It is an important moment in the global calendar to celebrate the contributions of LGBT people to national life and to acknowledge the incredible achievements of generations of campaigners who have achieved so much.

Due to their efforts, the United Kingdom is one the most vibrant, diverse and tolerant countries in the world.

It is an important month, too, for the Conservative family, as we honour the contributions of our LGBT staff, members, councillors and parliamentarians who have made this Party their home.

In the last General Election, the United Kingdom elected more LGBT Conservative MPs than any other party, in the most LGBT parliament in the world, and we could not be more proud.

The foundations of Pride Month were laid in June to honour one of the most important moments in LGBT history: the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City. On the same day the following year it was marked by the world’s first Pride march.

Pride Month will feel a little different this year as marches are postponed due to coronavirus. But, whilst we cannot celebrate side-by-side, we will continue to acknowledge this important period and what it represents.

Freedom lies at the heart of our Party’s values and we will always stand up for the rights of LGBT people to live and love without fear.

So, as we honour this commitment by adding the rainbow to our party logos in June, we wish everybody a very Happy Pride Month.

Region Labour's Pension Tax (£) Extra Months to Work
England 11,167 44
East Midlands 6,150 50
Greater London 12,871 45
North East 9,758 38
North West 6,835 47
South East 14,270 40
South West 7,407 45
West Midlands 10,729 41
Northern Ireland 13,718 35
Scotland 10,653 41
Wales 11,691 36
United Kingdom 11,253 43

Commenting, Therese Coffey, Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, said:

“Corbyn’s Pension Tax will see ten million savers facing a huge bill forcing them to delay their retirement for almost three and a half years.
“This is just one of the ways a Corbyn government would hammer hardworking people on top of his plans to hike up taxes by £2,400 a year, as well as the cost of his plan for unlimited immigration and the chaos of 2020 being dominated by two more referendums – one on Brexit and another on Scottish independence.
“Only Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party can get Brexit done with a deal, get parliament working again and turbocharge our economy to unleash Britain’s potential.”

Read more about how this Pension Tax will impact millions of savers (PDF)