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?
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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?
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.
"All CLGA candidates are committed to the principles of democratic socialism in practice as well as theory. We stand for a transformative Labour Government, socialist policies and Party democracy.
Saving lives should be the priority in the coronavirus pandemic – the Tories’ priority of protecting profits has already led to tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths and has not contained the virus. There was a complete failure to plan for the pandemic despite clear warnings over more years. A decade of austerity has undermined public services and the weakened the ability to tackle the pandemic. Labour should stop supporting the government’s deadly policy and instead fight to defend people’s lives and jobs.
For a socialist Labour government – the best vehicle for transforming society in the interests of the majority, working within communities and harnessing links with trade unions. This requires year-round campaigning in every constituency and a fully accountable and professional staff committed to a Labour government regardless of who is leading the party.
For an economy for the many, not the few – rejection of the Tories austerity agenda was at the heart of the 2017 and 2019 manifestos and provides the basis for moving forward. Labour should commit to expanding democratic public ownership and universal provision of universal public services and to guaranteeing the building blocks of a high-quality life including education, housing, healthcare, social security and social care.
For a socialist green new deal – Labour must be the party of workers and planet, investing in renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure and building support for a rapid and just transition to a zero-carbon economy. This means creating millions of well-paid, unionised green jobs, taking on the big polluters, and expanding commitments to public ownership across the economy. Workers must be at the heart of this transition and they must be unshackled from union busting laws, that’s why Labour must repeal all of the UK’s anti-union laws and deliver a revolution in workers’ rights.
For an ethical foreign policy – Labour should have an independent, internationalist foreign policy the core objectives of which should be peace, conflict-resolution, and nuclear disarmament. Rather than participating in illegal foreign wars, we should support people struggling against oppression across the globe.
For liberation and equality – Labour should be a great force for equality, intersectionality and working class unity. We must stand with the Black Lives Matter movement and achieve lasting structural change. We must campaign against all forms of racism including antisemitism, Islamophobia, Afriphobia and the scapegoating of migrant and Traveller communities. We must challenge discrimination and prejudice wherever it occurs, including tackling sexism, sexual harassment, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and ableism. We will build inclusive self- organised equality structures in the Party, and strengthen our candidate selection processes accordingly.
For party democracy – to represent the interests of the majority in society we need to democratise the party and empower individual members and affiliates. This must include open selections of all candidates for public elected office; natural justice, transparency, accountability and fairness in internal processes; a member-led policymaking process at every level; and properly resourced political education. We must build an inclusive party and break down barriers to participation.
We will set out our ideas for our party throughout our campaign. We understand that campaign groups have serious and pressing issues that they wish to see us sign up to, however, we will not be signing up to ‘pledge’ lists - as we do not feel it contributes to a healthy