Trans candidate was not elected but not everything is lost


To date no openly trans person has ever been elected to the House of Commons, although there were enough LGB MPs – yesterday 45 gay, lesbian and bisexual hopefuls received seats. However, despite seven transgender candidates putting themselves forward, none managed to top the ballot. Labour’s Sophie Cook was the closest to victory, after a surprise surge in the Tory heartland of East Worthing and Shoreham . Ms Cook won 20,882 votes, cutting the majority of anti-LGBT Conservative Tim Loughton in half, to just 5106 votes. She managed to get the best result for Labour in the reliably-Tory seat since it was established in 1997, with a 19.8% swing to Labour. Cook, the parent of 3, began transitioning into female in 1998, but came out publicly only 2 years ago. “We fought a campaign based on belief, integrity, honesty and policies, and we reached out to more of our constituency than any party had ever done. Yesterday the country voted for change, nationally and here in East Worthing & Shoreham. They voted for a more caring society, for the many, not the few. We still have a way to go to achieve that change here, in our constituency, but we will continue fighting towards that aim. I gave up a career in television to become the candidate here, I have no job to go back to, but I don’t regret that one bit. Life is a journey, not a destination, and whilst I may not have a job at the moment I think that I’ve found a new career,”
Cook commented.


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