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Ask your Labour Party Candidate their position on women’s sex-based rights

Ask your Labour Party Candidate their position on women's sex-based rights

Ask your Labour Party Candidate their position on women’s sex-based rights

One of our supporters has asked her Labour Party Candidate  about their views and commitments to women’s sex-based rights, see below. You are welcome to use them to ask your Labour Candidate.* Let us know what your candidate says. You can email us at labourwomensdeclaration@gmail.com.

*(The email address which you may have used before to contact your MP will not work during the run up to the election even if s/he is your candidate)

This website Who Can I  Vote For?  provides details of how to contact candidates. You can also ask them to meet with you.

This link provides LWD’s detailed critique of Labour’s current policy on sex and gender. 

Questions one of our supporters asked her Labour candidate

Upholding the Equality Act 2010
  • Will you commit to protecting the rights of women, children, lesbians, gay men and bisexual people on the basis of sex (as protected by the Equality Act 2010), rather than on the basis of  ‘gender identity’ (which is not a protected characteristic, although “gender reassignment” is)?
  • Will you commit to upholding the exceptions in the Equality Act that protect women’s right to exclude men (including men who identify as women, even if they have a GRC) from single-sex spaces, services for women and women’s sport?
Clinical care and child safeguarding
  • Wes Streeting has stated publicly that he accepts and will implement the findings of the Cass Review. Do you accept these landmark findings and are you committed to their implementation?
Legislative scrutiny
  • Will you commit to protecting women, children, lesbians, gay men and bisexual people from being harmed by any proposed bills that might bring self-ID in through the back door, or close down legally protected free speech? For example:
    • Will you make sure that any proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act 2004 include safeguards for vulnerable or gender-confused adults and do not allow a single GP to provide a diagnosis of gender dysphoria, and one ‘registrar’, rather than a specialist panel, to approve a gender recognition certificate? The Royal College of GPs has stated that their members, as well as being overburdened, are not trained in gender medicine, and do not want this responsibility.
  • Will you oppose any proposed “no-loopholes” Conversion Practices Bill, which our party is still pushing for, despite the conclusive findings by the Cass Review that there are serious risks in a ‘trans-inclusive’ ban on conversion practices?
  • Will you point out to the new government that such a ban exposes much-needed clinicians in the new gender services (being set up in the wake of the closure of the failed GIDs at the Tavistock), to the risk of legal challenge and, ironically, to accusations of conversion therapy in the course of normal clinical practice?
  • Will you also point out to the new government that such a bill risks criminalising parents (and other adults) for simply having conversations with children about whether they truly ‘are trans’?
  • Will you question any extension of  ‘hate crime legislation’ (as was passed in Scotland, with absurd consequences) based on identities that are not protected characteristics under the Equality Act, eg ‘transgender’ identity, and yet which neither protects women on the basis of the protected characteristic of sex nor lesbians under sexual orientation? Such legislation can criminalise those holding and expressing ‘gender-critical’ views, which should be protected under the category of non religious belief but is not included as a category in current hate crime legislation.

Finally, will you take the time to watch this excellent interview by Katy Balls with Shadow Justice Secretary Shabana Mahmood. She makes it clear that Labour must recognise that there is a clash of rights between trans people and women, lesbians, gay men and bisexual people; and that women like J K Rowling, Rosie Duffield and Kate Forbes have a right to express their views on the subject. Mahmood has sensible and interesting views on the topic, which we know are shared by the majority of the public, including Labour voters.

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