A home abuse survivor is suing the Liberal Democrats after she was barred from standing as an MP for stating that trans women will not be women.
Natalie Bird, 40, was banned from holding social gathering office for ten years after a grievance about her carrying a T-shirt titled “Woman: Adult, Human, Female” amid allegations of transphobia.
The mom of two, who escaped an abusive companion, was first investigated in 2018 after activists complained about her “troublesome” opposition to opening women’s refuges to males who really feel they’re women, with out safeguards for rape and home violence victims.
A disciplinary listening to discovered no proof of transphobia, however she lost a number of roles as social gathering government within the North West and a judging put up within the Ashdown Prize for Radical Thought.
A second probe was then opened over her carrying the “transphobic” T-shirt to a meeting, forcing her to face down as an elected parliamentary candidate for Wakefield.
She was accused of “disseminating transphobic material over a prolonged time” and “barred from holding or seeking to be elected” to public office on behalf of the social gathering for ten years.
Now she has launched authorized motion for discrimination underneath the Equality Act 2010, claiming she was “hounded” by activists pushing the social gathering’s stance that trans women are women, the primary problem of its form towards a celebration.
It comes after a choose dominated on Thursday that saying trans women will not be actual women is a perception that “must be tolerated”, because the tax knowledgeable Maya Forstater received an employment tribunal enchantment after being sacked for “offensive” tweets.
Ms Bird advised The Telegraph: “There has been a witch hunt towards me as a result of I’ve received these viewpoints, it’s quite sinister.
“Within day to day life I’ve got trans friends, and if you’ve got somebody who wants to be treated as a woman socially, I believe everybody should do that, be polite and give them their preferred name. But that does not automatically mean that you become a woman.”
Her solicitor Elliot Hammer, companion at Branch Austin, stated “it could well be a landmark case” on freedom of speech, anticipated to be heard later this year.
A Lib Dem spokesman stated: “The party is currently carrying out multiple internal investigations involving Natalie Bird. As such, we cannot comment further until the investigations are complete.”