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Tories propose trans ban in single-sex spaces as Labour spotlight defence



Kemi Badenoch said the plans would end confusion over the definition of sex (Picture: Tejas Sandhu/SOPA Images/Shutter)

The Conservatives have marked Pride Month by proposing a change in the Equality Act to allow for a ban on trans women in single-sex spaces.

Equalities minister Kemi Badenoch said the move would end confusion over who can be incarcerated in women’s prisons and who is allowed to play women’s sport.

The law change would mean ‘biological sex’ becomes a protected characteristic, clarifying the current wording which simply says ‘sex’.

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Protections against discrimination on the basis of gender reassignment would still be contained within the amended Equality Act under the plans.

Meanwhile, Labour has attempted to strengthen its defence credentials by affirming its support for the nuclear deterrent.

Last night, the party announced a ‘triple lock’ which would involve the continued construction of planned new nuclear-armed subs, the maintenance of the constant at-sea presence, and the delivery of all future upgrades.

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Defence has been used as an attack line against Labour by the Tories for several months, a holdover from the Corbyn years when the party took a strong position against military action.

Before parliament was dissolved, the government would frequently point out that shadow foreign secretary David Lammy and shadow deputy prime minister Angela Rayner previously voted against the Trident nuclear weapons programme.

The Labour and Conservative battle buses launched at the weekend, joining the Liberal Democrats’ Yellow Hammer 1 on roads around the country.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Labour leader Keir Starmer will be travelling to opposite ends of England today, with Sunak visiting the south-east and Starmer going to the north-west.

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