The Government has buckled to pressure and reworded a Bill in a manner so it now specifically excludes trans men and non-binary parents. The Ministerial and other Maternity Allowances Bill was put together rapidly to ensure that Suella Braverman, the Attorney General, didn’t have to resign her Government office in order to have a baby. […]

So what have we learnt this week? On Monday we had the Domestic Abuse Bill in the Lords. A new clause to try to add misogyny (hatred of women) was being attempted, and it tried to define “sex” by reference to section 11 of the Equality Act, which is supposedly a definition of “sex”. Now, […]

Following news reports this evening, I have just sent this letter to Kamal Ahmed, the BBC’s Director of News and Current Affairs: Dear Kamal I first wrote to you in March this year, when I, along with Trans Media Watch, expressed disquiet at the bias evident in the BBC’s reporting of the Harry Miller case […]

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, […]