Today the Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Liz Truss MP, was summoned to the House of Commons to answer an Urgent Question tabled by Crispin Blunt MP. This followed her written statement on Gender Recognition Act reform on Tuesday 22 September. Using a written statement means that the Government Minister tabling it doesn’t […]

I have just written to my MP regarding the apparent proposal on the front page of today’s Sunday Times – that “protections will be offered to safeguard female-only spaces, including refuges and public lavatories, to stop them being used by those with male anatomy.” I also copied in Marsha de Cordova, Anne McLaughlin and Christine […]

Dear Jo Firstly, may I say how sorry I was to hear about the sexual assault you suffered. It must be difficult to deal with the emotions that keep resurfacing, the inevitable and uncontrollable fear in certain situations. No one wants to suffer like that. It must be draining to continually see people, or certain […]

As in 2015 and 2017, I’ve done a little thought exercise about what would have potentially happened in the recent General Election had the single transferable vote method been used to elect MPs. The usual caveats apply, especially as the number of tactical voters this time is supposed to have been much higher than normal […]

The medium term repercussions for the union of the United Kingdom also look terminal.

Barry. Barry John if he was being told off by his mother, Dad to me and my brother Mark, Grandad to Fred and Zoë, or Barry the Boffin if you were a 1960s journalist. Dad was born in February 1933 in Basingstoke, in the fabulously named Tally Ho Lodge. He was the son of Arthur, […]

A couple of weeks ago I found myself in the oak-panelled drawing room of a west London hotel, speaking to tennis star Martina Navratilova. A few BBC cameramen and sound specialists were there also. Now, it’s not normal that I go round speaking to sporting heroes. The BBC were filming a documentary based on Martina, […]

The end of LGBT History Month was unusually busy for me, as I’d been asked to give a few speeches at events in Devon, and then the key speech at an event put on by London-based human rights lawyers Leigh Day. Several people asked me to publish the speech, so I have done here as […]

People join political parties for all sorts of reasons. They could be inspired by a vision, angry about a particular issue, motivated by the faint whiff of power, out of loyalty to a friend. And presumably people leave political parties for a similar number of reasons. This week has seen 12 MPs resign from their […]

2019 continues where 2018 left off, with mainstream press continuing to sensationalise long standing policies that give trans women some dignity and privacy. This morning’s headline, in the Daily Telegraph, was Trans row as men get access to women’s NHS wards. By “men”, the piece subsequently made clear, the Telegraph team were referring to trans […]