David Joseph Henry

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David Joseph Henry is a writer, human rights activist and former parliamentary candidate from Manchester, England.


In 1999 he co-founded the Queer Youth Network.[1]

He writes a regular column in London's QX magazine[example needed], and has been a contributor to the Pink Paper and OutNorthWest. David has been outspoken in the media and petitioned the government on the issue of civil partnerships and has argued that they "create a two-tier system of inequality".[citation needed]

In June 2009 he attempted to perform a citizen's arrest on Salford MP Hazel Blears at a constituency party meeting in Swinton.[2]

He was selected to contest the Salford and Eccles seat at the 2010 general election,[3] beating presumptive nominee[4] Merseyside TUC leader Alec McFadden by a majority vote after responding to Martin Bell's call for a "community champion" during a public meeting in Eccles.[5][6][7] He received 730 votes and Hazel Blears received 16,655.[8] Despite the distribution of votes, David's campaign generated notable media interest.[9][10] He was shadowed by a film crew and was the focus of the 30-minute documentary film The Candidate which premièred on Channel M. Described as an "intimate and amusing portrait".[11] It has since been shown at a number of film festivals and has received acclaim after being nominated for the Royal Television Society Awards, Exposures 2001 and the Salford International Film Festival.[12][13]


  1. ^ "History of the Gay Youth Movement". Queer Youth Network. March 2009.
  2. ^ "Blears faces wrath of party activists". The Independent. 19 June 2009.
  3. ^ "Anti-Hazel Blears campaigners choose candidate". BBC News. 5 February 2010.
  4. ^ "Expenses anger prompts anti-Blears campaign". Channel 4 News. 4 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Salford Youth Council Champ To Stand Against Hazel". Salford Star. 5 February 2010.
  6. ^ "Gay rights activist to challenge Hazel Blears". PinkNews.co.uk. 10 February 2010.
  7. ^ "Candidate chosen to fight for Hazel Blears' Salford seat". Manchester Evening News. 5 February 2010.
  8. ^ Election Results 2010 – Salford and Eccles, BBC News, 7 May 2010
  9. ^ "Red Pepper meets a radical candidate: "everything a career politician is not"". Red Pepper. 5 April 2010.
  10. ^ "BBC interview David Henry on Salford Precinct". SalfordOnline. 3 March 2010. Archived from the original on 10 February 2011.
  11. ^ Salford International Film Festival 2010, archived from the original on 1 April 2012
  12. ^ "Independent Filmmakers Network : Shooting People". shootingpeople.org. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  13. ^ "» Preview: Exposures Film Festival - MULE". Retrieved 19 June 2019.

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