Sharon Galliford made the comments in a Facebook post on February 8 when she shared an article in the National Review headlined ‘Starbucks’s Shameful Child Sex-Change Campaign’. The article was referring to Starbucks’ advert on Channel 4 about a transgender man, which the politician called ‘promotion of transgenderism’. “Safeguarding and expert psychological support and consultation are the very bare minimum that should be insisted upon [trans kids charity] Mermaids’ reputation is that it has a different agenda,” she wrote on Facebook. “I made assumptions in regard to the charity Mermaids and would like to apologize for sharing those in such a public way,” she said in a written apology published by PinkNews. She also promised to contact the charity to increase her awareness of what t does. A Green Party spokesperson said: “The Green Party recognises that there are many gender identities that are within, and outside of, the traditional gender binary of man and woman. The Green Party recognises that trans men are men, trans women are women, and that non-binary identities exist and are valid.