http://city-hall.blogspot.com/2010/07/pride-2010.html - Roger says all the right things and includes some nice pictures. I was pondering how much the Tory party changed, when I suddenly realised that nowhere amongst the pictures was anything about Londons highest profile openly Gay assembly member Brian Coleman. Was this an oversight on Rogers part? did he not want to be seen out with our Brian, or did Brian snub the event? I did a google search for images of our beloved GLA member at Pride and drew a blank. Given the large numbers of his constituents who attend Pride, I was rather surprised to not find any pictures at all.
Now maybe I'm reading too much into this, but I then noticed that the picture at the top of Rogers blog (reproduced here) was a Fire Engine decked out with what appears to me to be an FBU PRIDE banner. Given that the FBU can't stand Brian Coleman, is Roger sending us a coded message? Was Brian afraid to show himself as the FBU were making a promenant show of support for Pride?
If anyone can confirm Brians attendance, I'd love to hear from them. I'd be more than happy to post a few pictures, to show our GLA member supporting Pride. If he didn't go, I'd be intrigued to know why. Most of all I'd be intrigued to hear from Roger as to whether I've drawn far too much into his pictures. Given his comment, I can't help but feel that he's giving Brian a friendly dig - what do you think?
The Conservative contingent was around 40 strong and included a couple of MPs and my Assembly colleague Andrew Boff, pictured along with myself and Graham Archer who contributes some superb material to Conservative Home.It is important for the Party to be seen here and I hope we can persuade more people to join us next year - we may even hire an open topped bus.
* Update - Roger Evans, quite rightly, points out that the poster on the Fire Engine is not an FBU but a LFB banner. I suppose it's quite revealing that this is the only thing he takes issue with