Labor say minister ‘should not be in office’ after alleged LGBTQ comments
New Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch has come under fire for leaking comments about same-sex marriage and transgender.
Responding to the alleged comments, published on Friday by Vice News, Deputy Leader of the Labor Party Angela Rayner said via Twitter:
“Everyone should be able to be themselves and be celebrated, supported and loved for who they are. The Equalities Minister should not be in office if she does not believe him. ”
Badenoch has been a Member of Parliament for Saffron Walden since June 2017 and was Secretary of the Exchequer at the Treasury and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Equality in the Government Office for Equality from 2020 to 2021.
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In this week’s cabinet reshuffle, she was promoted to Minister of State for Equality and appointed Minister of State for Regional Growth and Local Government.
In an audio recording made in her parliamentary office in 2018 and obtained by VICE News, she reportedly said, “It’s not about minority rights in terms of race or nationality anymore,” Badenoch says in the recording, “c now is, you know like, it’s not even about sex now, it’s now like the whole transgender movement, where, okay, we have same-sex marriage and civil partnerships, where the transsexuals? ”
“Even when, you know, people hear about it, you know, like anything bathroom-related,” Badenoch continues, “it’s actually more American stuff but they have a similar problem, it’s that is, now it’s not just about being free to marry whoever you want, you now want men to use the women’s bathroom.
Several other opposition MPs sharply criticized the comments via Twitter.
John Nicolson, @leSNPthe secretary for shadow culture and vice-president of the @APPGLGBTBadenoch said has “no credibility and a number of personal issues to resolve over prejudice. He is someone who clearly exhibits extreme hostility towards trans people.” https://t.co/8BlEwf6giz
– JOHN NICOLSON MP (@MrJohnNicolson) September 17, 2021
The government cannot talk about tackling abuse against the LGBTQ + community when a minister making comments like this gets promoted.
Totally shameful. Https://t.co/GIwIVCOSni
– Feryal Clark MP (@FeryalClark) September 17, 2021