Author Archives: Helen Belcher

Another Shameful Pride?

It’s been quite a week, what with being given 5 minutes notice to appear on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Tuesday morning, giving a number of briefings, attending the Mayor of London’s Pride party and a reception at 10 Downing Street. The last major event of the week for me was marching at London […]

And I Would Walk With One Hundred Thousand

Today I was with well over 100,000 others marching to protest for a People’s Vote on the EU. Photo from ITN News website As it becomes ever more clear that labeling the facts as Project Fear was a diversionary tactic, and businesses are assessing whether they can continue in the UK, people from across the […]

Suddenly Shifting Campaigns

In the last week, Government has issued some clarification about what the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) does and does not do in response to a petition. In particular they clarified that the protections for single-sex services were in the Equality Act, and that Government was not currently minded to amend this. One of the recommendations […]

Trans People and the British Media – 2018 snapshot

On Monday I gave a speech at the Westminster Social Forum, and my topic was on how trans people currently experience the British media. Here is the speech: Trans people currently find ourselves at the centre of two debates rumbling around the British media. The first is whether trans women are women and should be […]

PRESS RELEASE – Helen Belcher re-selected by Chippenham Lib Dems

F FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday 13 April 2018 Helen Belcher was re-selected as the Liberal Democrats’ prospective parliamentary candidate for Chippenham at a packed meeting in Melksham on Thursday evening. Over 100 party members crowded into the pavilion in King George V Park to hear three strong candidates express their views on international relations, local […]

The Gender Police and Women’s Loos

Ladies, we’ve all been there, queuing for the loo with that growing sense of dread – did I remember to put my birth certificate in my handbag? As we all know, access to women’s facilities is subject to approval from the gender police, and the terror when you approach the attendant with the explanation that […]

A Tale of Two Countries

Britain seems like two countries right now. I don’t mean England and Scotland (apologies to Wales – and Northern Ireland, assuming you take a liberal interpretation of “Britain”). Rather we seem to be divided into two tribes, those who voted Leave and those who voted Remain. And, like the UK and the USA, we are […]