Dawn Butler accuses Tory minister of ‘dodging’ questions about GRA

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Labour’s Dawn Butler has accused minister for women Victoria Atkins of “dodging questions” as she pressured her to give an update on the 2018 consultation on simplifying the legal gender recognition procedure for trans Brits. When Atkins was serving as parliamentary under-secretary of state, she promised that the government would have solved this problem by spring 2019. But almost a year has passed since then, and nothing is done. Speaking at the despatch box for the first time this year, Butler urged Atkins to finally take action on reforming the GRA. “The minister has now had ample time, in her own words, for ‘consideration and to study it closely’,” said the Labour politician, according to PinkNews, “In 2017 there was a plan to consult. In November 2018 they said ‘results published spring 2019’. We are now in 2020. She needs to now confirm her readiness to put an end to the misery for the LGBT+ community and simply get the GRA done!”

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