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Conservatives say Keir Starmer ‘doesn’t know what a woman is’

The Conservatives drafted the Labor leader in an anti-trans election post.  (Getty)

Conservatives have said Keir Starmer “doesn’t know what a woman is” as their anti-trans rhetoric has increased ahead of the general election.

The July 4 general election is approaching and the Conservatives recently pledged to exclude transgender people from the gender space if they win the general election.

Just days ago, Carol Vorderman hit back at Prime Minister Rishi Sunak for using an anti-trans dog whistle in his election campaign. But it appears his party continues to push anti-trans messaging, as the official Conservatives

In a June 3 X-post, the Conservatives wrote: “We know what a woman is. Not Keir Starmer.”

The tweet appeared to be an attempt to reduce women to their biological sex and single out trans women, rather than recognizing gender and inclusivity, in an effort to gain support and votes from the right.

Hitting back, Labor MP John Healy – who served as shadow defense secretary – called the Conservative anti-trans focus “a distraction from the election campaign”.

Healy told Times Radio that they would refuse to support the Conservative single-sex manifesto and would not change the Equality Act.

He said: “We don’t want to change the law, there is no need for that. By the way, the law was an employment law in 2010, which the Tories opposed, but it already provides protection for separate sex areas for biological women.”

Healy added that the party would instead call on service providers, such as the NHS and sports organisations, for “clearer guidance” on the trans community rather than legislation.

He continued: “This is, to be honest, a distraction from the election campaign, where most people want to hear why the pressure on the cost of living is so great, what the Tories are going to do and what Labor is going to do. to try to make life more affordable and Britain better.”

Labor leader Starmer has previously expressed his support for the trans community, but his recent pledges on laws relating to the LGBTQ+ community have been somewhat shaky.