I understand Gordon Brown and his team are starting talks with the DUP. This might prove rather embarrassing for them
On the day before polling day last week, Brown wrote to the DUP promising to maintain Northern Ireland's public funding for 2010-11. Its new Commons intake includes newly elected North Antrim MP, Ian Paisley Jnr.
His homophobia is notorious. In 2004 he vowed to oppose same sex civil partnership, saying it was "an abhorrent demand that turns the stomach of any decent thinking person".
In 2005, he condemned a rival unionist party after one if its advisers got hitched to his boyfriend in a civil partnership overseas. Paisley Jnr said gay relationships were "offensive and obnoxious".
In 2007, Paisley Jnr said in a magazine interview that he was "repulsed" by homosexuality. By this stage he was a Minister in the devolved NIreland administration in the department whose remit included gay equality.
His ministerial career did not last long - he resigned in Feb 08 after controversy over expenses and his links to a property developer.
Now, of course, the Labour Party can coalesce with whom it wants. But let's not hear any more rubbish from Denis MacShane, Nick Clegg and others about the supposed 'homophobic nutters in the Movement for Reform in the European Parliament. Because it would be rather hypocritical, wouldn't it? In the circs.