Boris Johnson reiterates 'importance of basic facts of biology' after Keir Starmer refuses to wade in on trans debate

Boris Johnson has stressed the "importance of the basic facts of biology" when asked whether he thought trans women were women

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The Prime Minister has “a very clear position” on trans rights, his official spokesman said.

The spokesman was asked whether the PM thought trans women were women and said people have “the ability to change their legal sex and how that’s recorded”.

He said: “When people want to make the transition in their lives, they should be treated with maximum possible generosity and respect.

“And we have systems in this country that allow it and have done for a long time. We should be very proud of it.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London. Picture date: Wednesday March 23, 2022.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London. Picture date: Wednesday March 23, 2022.

“But obviously you made the point about the importance of the basic facts of biology.”

Boris Johnson said the "basic facts of biology remain overwhelmingly important" when distinguishing between a man and a woman, at last Wednesday's Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs).

Angela Richardson welcomed a report into why young girls are facing gender distress, before going on to ask Mr Johnson if he would meet with her to discuss how the Government can “constructively support these young people who are experiencing gender distress”.

This comes as Sir Keir Starmer said Labour will continue to “defend women’s rights” as it has done for a “long, long time”, as he continued to grapple with his party’s position on trans rights.

Labour has found itself in difficulty over trans issues, with Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield both criticised and heralded for her views.

Ms Duffield has come under fire for her opposition to “male-bodied biological men” being allowed to self-identify as female in order to access women-only spaces such as prisons and domestic violence refuges.

She opted not to attend the Labour Party conference in September after receiving threats and being branded transphobic, which she denies.

Sir Keir later said the Kent MP had been wrong to say “only women have a cervix”.