Green Party peer Jenny Jones ‘accidentally’ retweeted message comparing trans reforms to child rape
The Green Party has claimed that its only member of the House of Lords retweeted a message attacking gender recognition “in error”.
Baroness Jenny Jones is one of just two Green Party representatives in Parliament, alongside Brighton MP Caroline Lucas.
But the peer came under scrutiny today after sharing a message that appeared to link proposed reforms to the Gender Recognition Act to a child abuse scandal in Telford.
The message, from a “gender critical” feminist campaigner, was directed at the SNP’s Mhairi Black – a supporter of transgender rights – and described proposals to adopt a self-identification system of gender recognition as “madness”.
The message read: “I am concerned your party want to update the GRA to allow Self ID. With the events happening in my town of Telford with child rape Self ID is madness!”
The Green peer did not respond to a string of tweets asking why she had retweeted the message, until PinkNews approached the Green Party for comment.
A Green Party spokesperson told PinkNews: “Jenny didn’t appreciate the implications of the tweet and retweeted it in error. It has now been removed.”
Baroness Jones has previously spoken of her fears over trans issues on Twitter.
She wrote: “I’m a feminist, I support trans women and the right of anyone to define their own gender. But, a big but, drowning out the voices of women who have concerns is not useful.
“Most women have experienced discrimination and would not willingly do it to others. More dialogue needed.”
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