The trans debate is not a political issue, insists Penny Mordaunt after the reversal on the definition of “woman”

His previous comments on the trans issue have come under intense scrutiny during this leadership campaign.

Suella Braverman, who was knocked out of the leadership election yesterday, told the BBC that Ms Mordaunt had a ‘different view to me when it comes to gender ideology and the position of trans people. [people].”

“For example, I think she said a trans woman is a woman, I disagree with that,” she added.

In 2018, Ms Mordaunt, then Minister for Women and Equality, told MPs that “trans men are men, trans women are women” when launching a consultation on the reform of the gender recognition.

In the same year, she also published a government LGBT action plan, as an “ally” of the controversial charity Stonewall, which offered more education in schools on trans issues.

He said “the new subjects in Relationships Education and Relationships and Sexuality Education will support students regardless of their developing sexual orientation or gender identity.”

Elsewhere, he referenced the “problems faced by people designated as female at birth transitioning into adolescence” and pledged to make gender change “less bureaucratic and intrusive”.

Ms Mordaunt told LBC she had inherited the plans from her predecessors in office and “I conducted the consultation but we made no decision on it”.

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