Lily Madigan: I want to be Labour’s first transgender MP

Dec 3, 2017 by

by Michael Baggs, BBC Newsbeat:

Lily Madigan is Labour’s first transgender women’s officer but her appointment has ruffled some feathers.

The 19-year-old was elected to the position in Rochester and Strood earlier this month.

“I come from an under-represented section of womanhood,” Lily tells Newsbeat.

“I thought I was the best person for the role. I’m pretty happy other people agreed.”

Lily’s appointment, and her application to be part of the Jo Cox Women In Leadership programme, has angered some parts of the press and (reportedly) members of the Labour Party too.

She campaigned to have another Labour women’s officer, Anne Ruzylo – who represented a different area – removed due to her alleged transphobic views.

Anne told Newsbeat she has never been transphobic or abusive and the complaint made against her was not upheld.

“I have my views on whether I consider Lily to be suitable for the role. I feel they’re not. I would even say anybody who is 19 is not really suitable to take up that sort of role anyway.

“You have a difference of opinion these days and unfortunately everybody says you’re being transphobic.”

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