Labour MPs wear rainbow laces in football match against press

Labour MPs don the pro-gay laces in support of Stonewall's latest campaign

Labour MPs wear rainbow laces in football match against press
22 September 2013

Labour MPs have come out in support of gays in football by wearing rainbow laces during their annual football match against the press.

The match, played every year at the Labour Party conference, brings journalists and MPs together for a light hearted game amidst the serious talks of politics.

This year, Labour MPs showed their support to gay rights charity Stonewall’s latest campaign by donning rainbow laces onto their boots before the match.

However, the laces failed to provide the MPs any luck, as Labour lost 4-0.

Speaking after the match, Labour MP Sadiq Khan tweeted: ‘Bad news: MP’s beaten 4-0 by Press (one player scored all 4!) Good news: All @UKLabour team in rainbow laces #RBGF.’

Despite many Premier League teams refusing to wear the rainbow laces during the weekend, the campaign has seen success online with many showing their support through social media, and football fans sharing images of their rainbow laces in their boots.

According to Stonewall, the hash tag #rbgf (right behind gay footballers) has been used over 232,851,618 times since last Sunday (15 September).

The campaign has also seen support from celebrities including Gary Lineker, who wore rainbow laces during football show Match Of The Day last night (21 September).

Labour have previously shown their support to the campaign, with party leader Ed Milliband tweeting: ‘Great campaign from @StonewallUK and @PaddyPower to kick homophobia out of football #RBGF.’

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