A Cambridge metropolis councillor has resigned over a row about whether or not transgender folks ought to be allowed to entry ladies’s services.

Ann Sinnott, who used to symbolize Petersfield at Cambridge Metropolis Council, has stood down from the council over a coverage which allowed council-run single-sex services, together with bogs and altering rooms, for use by transgender folks.

Mrs Sinnott confirmed she had resigned, however denied her actions have been “anti-trans”.

She stated her resignation was “not anti-trans, it’s professional natal-female rights.”

Mrs Sinnott’s out-of-office electronic mail message learn: “Regretfully, I resigned on Mon 30 July as a result of the Council’s Equality Coverage – by which female-only companies in Cambridge Council owned services have been abolished – is in breach of the Equality Act 2010.”

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Cambridgeshire Stay has contacted Mrs Sinnott for remark.

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In response to her resignation, Councillor Lewis Herbert, Chief of Cambridge Metropolis Council, stated: “We remorse that Ann as a hardworking metropolis councillor has determined to face down from the Council after 4 years’ service and need her nicely for the longer term, together with in her continued campaigning for elevated equality for girls.

“As I’ve stated to Ann, we thank Ann for her contribution on ladies’s equality, and in tackling home violence and the best way the police and wider businesses reply, and campaigning to save lots of and enhance metropolis road lighting, points that Ann and the Council have made an actual distinction on.

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“Like Ann, we solely grew to become conscious in June that there’s a distinction that must be put proper between the wording and provisions of the Metropolis Council’s Complete Equality and Variety coverage, which was authorized eight years in the past in 2010, and the particular protected traits recognized within the Equality Act 2010 together with an individual’s intercourse.

“We instantly dedicated to reviewing council coverage, as we introduced in June, and a full report and proposals will probably be delivered to the subsequent Council Committee assembly on Thursday 4th October. That report will allow Councillors on the committee to contemplate and perceive how to make sure the Council’s coverage is absolutely compliant with the laws and give the chance for public enter on the assembly earlier than choices are taken.

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“That method, we are able to finest proceed to ship the Council’s dedication to ladies’s equality and wider equality and variety in Cambridge, by open and clear choices on points that are of important significance each to Councillors and to our wider group in Cambridge.”

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