Crispin Blunt MP ordered to apologise for breach of parliamentary rules over attempt to make secret deal on self-ID

Mar 8, 2021 by

from Sex Matters:

The Parliamentary Standards Commissioner found that the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Global LGBT+ rights, which Blunt chairs, has not been adequately transparent.

The main focus of the investigation was a position paper on gender self ID developed by the APPG, in consultation with transgender lobby groups.

The paper was circulated to government and opposition leaders in July 2020 as “a satisfactory outcome” to the public consultation on self ID, backed by “all mainstream LGBT+ groups” and the LGBT groups of the main political parties.

The APPG position paper:

  • Called for people to be able to change their legally recorded sex without any medical diagnosis or treatment.
  • Said women-only spaces and services should include “all women, including trans women”.
  • Supported medical and social transition of children, including in early childhood, and warned of “distress and lost opportunities” if this was not enabled.
  • Called on the government to impose sex and relationship education materials in line with its views on all schools “in collaboration with the Government Equalities Office”.
  • Called for a ban on “conversion therapy” in respect of both gender identity and sexual orientation, but said GIDS should be exempt from litigation.

The existence of the secret position paper was only revealed in September 2020, following the Government’s announcement that it would not go ahead with gender self-ID.

Blunt, writing on the APPG’s website, complained that the government had not adopted its recommendations despite “considerable work done in privately agreeing a way forward by the wider LGBT+ lobby both in Parliament and outside”.

Lord Collins, speaking in the House of Lords on 25 September, said:

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