'Labour will protect women-only spaces and treat trans people with dignity and respect'

Labour MP Wes Streeting has said his party will protect women only spaces if it wins the next election.

Speaking to TalkTV's Jeremy Kyle the Shadow Health Secretary said lessons needed to be learned from the case of Isla Bryson who was sent to a female prison after raping two women after identifying as female.

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"When we put in the Equality Act when we were last in Government, we recognised the distinction between gender identity and making sure trans people are treated with dignity and respect, and protecting the sex-based rights of women, and making sure that we protect women's-only spaces.

"We need to learn from what happened in Scotland, because there we saw with their Gender Recognition Reforms, laws that were put through with good intentions, but not that were designed to protect against the abuse of laws designed to help trans people.

"It is an absurdity that a man who raped a woman was able to claim he was a woman in order to get a space in a woman's prison. We can't allow that sort of dangerous nonsense to continue."

"Labour is taking a much more hard-headed look at how we can get the right balance in terms of the law so we treat everyone with dignity and respect, and also respect women's spaces too."

Sir Keir Starmer has vowed to halve violence against women and girls within a decade, with measures including dedicated “rape courts” and domestic violence experts taking 999 calls.

He has also pledged to halve serious violent crime and raise confidence in the police and criminal justice system in the wake of the damning report by Baroness Casey into Scotland Yard.

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