Ministers face Tory revolt over plans for trans people to change gender without consent from doctor

Mail Online | 10/14/2018 | James Tapsfield, Political Editor, For Mailonline
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Ministers are facing a Tory rebellion over plans to allow people to change gender without approval from a doctor.

Equalities minister Penny Mordaunt proposed a major overhaul of the process over the summer.

Process - Consent - Doctor

She said the current process, which requires consent from a doctor, was 'overly bureaucratic'.

Ms Mordaunt insisted she was determined that the state should not 'add to people's stress' when they were already going through a 'challenging' process.

ComRes - Poll - MPs - Cent - Conservatives

But a ComRes poll of MPs has found that just 9 per cent of Conservatives believe people should be able to declare their own gender without medical consultation. Some 69 per cent were opposed.

More than half said transgender women should not get all the same legal rights as those born female.

Number - Children - Gender - Cent - Drugs

Eight out of 10 said they were worried by the number of children wanting to change gender, and 56 per cent were against puberty-blocking drugs.

But the poll found 63 per cent of Tories were nervous of speaking out for fear of being branded 'transphobic'.

Findings - Government - Problems - Reforms - Parliament

The findings suggest the government might have problems pushing the reforms through when they come before Parliament. A consultation is due to...
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