“Self-defining” trans women are to be given full rights by Labour, including guaranteed access to the party’s all-women shortlists for Parliamentary selections, HuffPost UK can reveal.

In an historic move, the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) is set to approve a statement that would allow people to self-identify without the need for medical or other certification that they have changed their gender.

The formal recognition of full transgender rights is expected to be approved by the NEC’s Equalities Committee at its meeting on Tuesday and will be endorsed by the full NEC later this month.

The move, which follows months of bitter controversy, will disappoint those feminists who profoundly disagree with the concept of self-identification.

Supporters of the policy are keen to move the debate on after the “distraction” of a recent row over Shadow Equalities Minister Dawn Butler appointing trans activist Munroe Bergdorf to an LGBT panel.


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