abour leader Sir Keir Starmer has denied that he tried to “sneak” out his party’s U-turn on its pledge to allow self-identification for transgender people.
Shadow women and equalities secretary Anneliese Dodds wrote in The Guardian last week that a Labour government would “modernise, simplify and reform” the gender recognition process.
It marks a change in position from the party, which had previously pledged to allow transgender people to change their gender without undergoing a medical process.
The new stance also exposes a fresh split between Scottish Labour, which has backed self-ID for trans people, and the central party.
He also dismissed a suggestion that he would “be stumped over the question” of how to define a woman.
“Firstly, a woman is an adult female so that’s cleared that one up,” he said.
“We want to modernise the legislation… we don’t think that self-identification is the right way forward,” Sir Keir said.