QUESTIONS TO NEC CANDIDATES
1. Do you accept that trans women are women, trans men are men, and non-binary people are non-binary - and will you commit to respecting trans people as their self-declared gender – if so, how will you integrate this approach to tackle the culture of entrenched transphobia, from the grassroots membership up to the leadership?
"Yes and I have politely rejected approaches from what I believe to be a transphobic group by asking questions which were not answered."
2. Will you defend the current Labour Party policy and principle of inclusion of Transgender women on All Women Shortlists?
3. How would you make sure all identities and all voices under the LGBTIQA+ umbrella are listened to on issues of homophobia, transphobia and transmisogyny, allowing for example, trans people to lead the way on their own liberation.
"It is for people to identify how they wish to be identified and I will insist that they have space and respect to do this."
4. Do you believe that trans liberation must be an objective of the Labour Party, and that transphobia is antithetical to our collective aims, and if so - would you support the expulsion from the Labour Party of those who express bigoted, transphobic views.
"All members must be subject to party rules, including those of complaints, I am fighting for a fair system for complaints."
5. Will you commit to a review of how complaints relating to transphobia are handled? and will you commit to in conjunction with LGBT+ Labour and trans-led organisations to develop a clear code of conduct that includes a workable definition of transphobia?
"Yes. Sounds fair but I would like more explanation"
6. When the ‘culture war’ tactic is used in the press etc and causes an increase in bigotry against certain gender identities and sexualities (often even further marginalising those with multiple minority identities) how would you ensure that these spikes in bigotry found in wider society aren’t found within Labour?
"Ensure that our comms are agile and I would advocate to recreate the rebuttal unit with this task as part of it’s brief."
7. What structures, processes, and changes do you think are required to change the culture within the party to one where homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny etc. is not permitted? – also how will you help to improve understanding of trans and non-binary people in the party.
"Trans and non-binary people need space to explain themselves so I would support them and ensure space for them to do this. All forms of abuse should be tackled by the complaints procedure but the complaints must be dealt with fairly and promptly if members are to have confidence in the process."
8. Why do you think there has never been a Trans person elected in the UK Parliament, or a Trans person selected for a winnable seat for Labour - and what measures do you think need to take place to ensure Trans people are represented within the party?
"How do you know there hasn’t? Not all trans people come out. Trans people should be celebrated for their bravery in facing the horrendous abuse that they are subject to. Labour can do this by giving special support and mentorship."
9. Do you support the reform of the Gender Recognition Act to improve transgender rights, as well as supporting policies which would improve trans people’s access to necessary healthcare, housing, and employment? And will you organise against and oppose any transphobic policies from our own party or any other?
10. Name at least one LGBTIQA+ socialist who inspires you, and explain what inspires you about them.
"Sophie Cook inspired me when she battled the trolls and personal attacks on her during and since the 2017 General Election. She continues to keep going despite setbacks and reinvents herself as she goes. She also beat me in the Parliamentary Candidate of the year award!"