Police forces threatened with legal action over links to Stonewall

Jun 9, 2021 by


Police forces have been threatened with legal action over their links to Stonewall, amid concerns the controversial charity’s transgender training is impacting their impartiality.

Campaigners have written to chief constables warning they will begin legal proceedings against any force that remains part of the Stonewall Diversity Champions scheme beyond a “period of consideration”.

Some 250 public authorities, including about half of police forces in England and Wales, pay at least £2,500 a year for advice on gender-neutral facilities and pronouns, which leading barristers have said “misrepresents” the 2010 Equality Act.

At least three forces have quit in recent years, it has emerged, as a string of major employers including the Ministry of Justice, Ofsted, the equalities watchdog EHRC and Channel 4 cut ties.

[…]  Now in a letter to police chiefs, seen by The Telegraph, former constable Harry Miller has warned forces that their affiliation with Stonewall breaches police rules on political activity and association with groups that could create a conflict of interest.

Mr Miller, head of the campaign group Fair Cop, wrote: “It is now beyond reasonable doubt that any association, formal or otherwise, with Stonewall is a violation of The Code [of Ethics].

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