Cabinet Office minister Jack Cunningham told gay rights campaigners that the abolition of s28 of the Local Government Act 1988 remained a priority.
Addressing the 10th anniversary dinner of Stonewall, a group born out of the campaign against the Thatcher government's legislation, Dr Cunningham said: 'I cannot anticipate the contents of the next Queen's Speech. However, I can say quite clearly that the government believes s28 serves no useful purpose and we remain committed to the repeal as soon as parliamentary opportunity arises. Section 28 was wrong in 1987. It is wrong in 1999. '