PM has ‘LGBT+ blind spot’, says first openly gay cabinet minister – follow live

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Lord Chris Smith says Boris Johnson ‘ought to be looking wider’ for cabinet talent

The prime minister has an LGBT+ “blind spot” in cabinet, the UK’s first openly gay minister has said.

Speaking to the BBC for LGBT History Month, Lord Chris Smith, who served as culture secretary in Tony Blair’s government, said that this was a “matter of great regret” and urged Boris Johnson to diversify his top team in “the next year or two”.

Elsewhere, the House of Lords inflicted a third defeat on the government over the so-called genocide amendment, which aims to stop trade deals with countries guilty of such atrocities.

The crossbench peer Lord Alton put forward a fresh amendment on Tuesday, allowing a parliamentary panel of judicial experts to determine whether genocide had been…



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