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Leader named in gay power chart.

Cardiff council's leader has been named one of the most influential gay men in Britain. Rodney Berman, who signed a civil partnership ceremony with journalist partner Nick Speed last year, has been placed 42nd in Pink News' list of the most powerful gay Britons. Yet despite being in charge of Wales' capital, the Liberal Democrat councillor is ranked as less powerful than two other Welsh politicians without similar responsibilities. Despite being an opposition MP, Plaid's Adam Price, 39, is the top-ranked Welshman on the list at number 16.

Mr Price, who lives with an architect called Ceri, was propelled up the charts by his central role in the recent coalition negotiations between Plaid and Labour in Cardiff Bay.

Pink News said: "He is tipped as a future leader of Plaid."

Coun Berman is also beaten by Rhondda MP Chris Bryant, 45, whose career has not recovered from the pictures of him in his Y-fronts that a national newspaper found on dating site Gaydar.

Pink News wrote: "Once tipped for high office, it seems the curse of Gaydar continues to hang over Chris Bryant.

"Despite that setback, he has worked hard in Parliament and spoken in favour of gay rights at every opportunity."

In contrast, the newspaper, which describes itself as "Europe's largest gay news service", described Coun Berman as: "Probably the most influential gay Liberal Democrat in local government. Born and educated in Glasgow, he unsuccessfully ran for Parliament in 1997 and 2001." Mr Berman was unavailable for comment as he has been on holiday. Top spot on the Pink News list went to Spencer Livermore, the director of strategy at 10 Downing Street. Second was deputy chief whip Nick Brown, 57, the MP for Newcastle upon Tyne.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jan 4, 2008
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