Some of you will have read elsewhere about the Greencoat Boy pub in Westminster, which refused to serve members of the Labour LGBT Group. The Deputy Manager of the pub said he wouldn't have taken the booking if he had known who they were. Complaints were made and the incident is being investigated by the Police. The Deputy Manager has also been suspended pending an investigation by his employers, Punch Taverns.
All that much is known. What isn't known is that while the rumpus was kicking off in the Greencoat Boy pub (just along from my old shop, Politico's), Labour Chief Whip Nick Brown (who lives nearby) walked into the pub with a male friend. The Labour LGBT people assumed he was there to be part of their meeting but they were soon disabused. When one of them asked Brown to intercede with the pubs deputy manager he looked blankly, turned around and left the venue, clearly not wishing to become involved. As you may imagine, the Labour LGBT members were less than impressed that Mr Brown, who was outed a decade ago by a tabloid newspaper, took a decidedly uncomradely, and some would say cowardly, course of action.