The NEC elections will take place later this year. What are the candidates’ positions on trans rights? Nominations are open until 17 June. I will keep this page updated with details on candidates’ views. I am on the Left of the Labour party, but my one certainty is the need to win. We need to work together to beat the Tories. So I will not let my opinions of candidates’ other views affect my reporting. Updated to 1 June 2022.
My report on the 2020 elections is here. In 2020, the LGBT Labour Party Network asked the candidates questions about trans rights. A hate group also asked questions: “whether you agree that women should have the right to expect female-only facilities to be available in places such as changing rooms, public toilets, hospital wards, care homes, refuges, hostels and prisons, as provided for through the single-sex exemptions in the Equality Act 2010?”
This is ridiculous. There is no right that public toilets should be “female-only” in the hate-group’s definition, excluding trans women, and “single-sex” services include all women unless there is a particular reason to exclude someone. There is only an expectation that there should be female only toilets in the common meaning of the term, including trans women.
Luke Akehurst (current member)
In 2020, Luke Akehurst wrote on facebook, “I stand in solidarity with our trans and non-binary comrades in the Labour Party and I’m proud that the slates/organisations I am involved in backed trans candidates for CLP Rep in 2018 and Youth rep this time. The party needs to adopt a definition of transphobia… I hate the idea of anyone having their identity or sense of who they are questioned within the party.”
This page currently records her campaign for Young Labour chair. It has several passages in favour of trans rights:
“Both Young Labour and the Labour Party as a whole has to be a safe and inclusive space for Trans members. I am a proud and unequivocal supporter of Trans rights and have been vocal in my opposition to Tory plans to scrap reforms to the Gender Recognition Act, reforms which were vitally needed to ensure people who are Trans can live with dignity and gain access to the services they need.”
Johanna Baxter (current vice-chair)
I can still find nothing on her position on trans rights
Ann Black (current member)
In 2020, answered the LGBT Labour questions:
“Yes, I would seek more information on the extent of transphobia at every level of the party, and also the degree of intersectionality with homophobia, misogyny, ageism, ableism, racism, anti-semitism, Islamophobia, classism and all other forms of prejudice and discrimination. I believe all these must be addressed, and would want to look at how far this is best done separately and how far they share common problems and might benefit from common approaches.”
In August 2020 she tweeted, “Trans rights are human rights. Trans women are women. Trans men are men.”
Gemma Bolton (current member)
as a member of Labour South East Regional Executive, signed this statement: “We stand in solidarity with the transgender community… trans women are women, trans men are men and non-binary identities are valid… trans rights are human rights… trans inclusive language is necessary…denying a person recognition for their self-declared gender, including being of no gender, was abusive, oppressive and discriminatory.”
Yasmine Dar (current member)
In 2020, she was endorsed by a group whose name I find transphobic, so I will call it the Labour Transphobes’ Declaration. That “declaration” is transphobic.
29 January 2021: tweeted in support of Heather Peto and trans campaigns.
Nothing found- well, I suppose there’s this. Stella Creasy told The Telegraph that trans women are women. Mark Jenkinson, a Tory MP, objected.
Katherine Foy is trans. I will be voting for her. Here is her twitter.
She answered the hate-group’s question, “My position is not up for debate, any more than my womanhood is. My feminism has no room for transphobia or trans-exclusion.” She treated it with the contempt it deserved.
Answered the 2020 LGBT Labour questions: “Yes. I believe in self-identification. Need for a detailed programme of political education at all levels of the Party.”
Answered the 2020 LGBT Labour questions: “Yes, Yes and Yes! In my first NEC meeting I will raise the concerns of many of our trans siblings by the worrying level of transphobia in our movement. I will ensure that we have a zero tolerance approach to transphobia and a work towards creating a robust complaints process that is fit-for-purpose so many of our LGBT+ friends and comrades can trust that their complaints will be handled and dealt with, this also includes taking serious action against elected representatives who are found to like, share or say anything transphobic online or offline.”
Gurinder Singh Josan (Current member, chair of the Complaints and discipline sub-committee)
Gives pronouns he/him in his twitter profile.
Neghat Nawaz Khan
Dr Neeraj Patil
In 2020, Dr Patil answered the LGBT Labour questions, “With regard to LGBTQ+, my Hindu understanding which is based upon ancient principles is that there are two types of person, the first is where spirit and body are aligned in gender identity and the second where they are not. As Spirit in body, they are deemed to be equally divine and to be treated as such.”
However Patil answered that hate-group’s question, “I agree”. If he did not understand the question, he should not be on the NEC. The hate group endorsed him for the 2020 election, which he lost.
Mish Rahman (Current member)
In an email, which is no longer accessible, Mish Rahman wrote, “I will stand in solidarity with the entire LGBTQ community in proudly demanding their rights, including trans rights. Labour must continue its support for reforming the Gender Recognition Act and stand up to the Tories’ attempts to fuel prejudice against the trans community.”
Karen Self is trans.
I will be voting for her. She is vice-chair of Trans Pride South West, and has arranged a number of protests to support trans rights in the last 3 years:-
July 2020 – College Green
Oct 2021 – BBC Bristol
Nov 2021 – protest march through Bristol
In 2018, signed this anti-trans open letter.
A search finds that she spoke at a conference on Free Speech as a left-wing concern, and the Morning Star connected this to “sex-based rights”, that is, trans-exclusionism. This does not, by itself, indicate her position on trans rights.
Marked TDoR in 2018.
NEC Youth representative
Signed the Labour Campaign for Trans Rights pledges.
Brenainn Stafford Sheppard
NEC Disabled Members Representative
Ellen Morrison (current member)
4 Oct 2020 Tweeted “It’s completely unacceptable for Labour politicians to support transphobia without repercussions. We must commit ourselves to challenging anti-trans hatred and stand in solidarity with transgender people everywhere.”
NEC BAME representative
Jermain Jackman- also standing for CLP rep. See above.
As vice-president of Unison, has been an LGBT ally.
NEC Welsh representatives
Lynne Jones is a common name. The former MP for Birmingham Selly Oak, Lynne Jones, is an ally, but does not appear to have links to Wales.