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A mobilisation of the homosexual and lesbian vote against homophobic MPs was urged yesterday by Outrage, the "gay rights" campaign group.

Publishing a list of the country's 30 most marginal constituencies, where the homosexual and lesbian vote could make a difference, Outrage's Peter Tatchell urged supporters to "queer the vote" by getting on to the electoral register in advance of next month's annual deadline. He said that candidates should be quizzed on their attitude towards gay issues, and people should vote against homophobes. The list of "target" key marginals included a number of Labour and Liberal Democrat constituencies - along with the voting record of their MPs on three test issues, including Section 28 of the 1988 Local Government Act, banning authorities from promoting homosexuality.