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Stephen Morgan, the MP for Portsmouth South, has joined local leaders in opening the city’s fourth and biggest Pride celebration this weekend.

Mr Morgan helped lead the parade, which walked from the Coffee Cup in Eastney, to the Bandstand, where he then took to the stage to make an impassioned speech about the strength of diversity in Portsmouth.

With the aim of Pride being to raise awareness through entertainment, the day involved a host of fun activities. There were stalls from organisations and businesses from across Portsmouth and beyond, including one run by Mr Morgan and his team, who were one of several sponsors of the event. There was also entertainment from bands, musicians and Star of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Alexis Michelle, headlining on the main stage at the Bandstand.

As well as being an event sponsor, Mr Morgan also held a thank you reception at his constituency office in Albert Road for those in the Pride committee and volunteers who gave up their own time to organise and deliver this year’s celebration.

Stephen Morgan MP said:

“Pride truly is the word, I am incredibly proud that Portsmouth has hosted our biggest ever city-wide celebration of LGBTQ people here in Pompey and across the globe. And what a celebration it was.

“The diversity and passion of our city is the key to its strength. If any place knows that love is love, its Portsmouth.

“The team of volunteers behind it all have done our city proud and I’d like to thank them for all of their hard work, alongside their normal day jobs, towards making today the success that it was.”