Robert Buckland MP has declined to sign EDM 907 calling for the legal recognition of nonbinary and intersex folks. This seems to be mostly because he doesn’t sign EDMs, which is totally understandable. But he also says pretty much what a couple of other Conservative MPs (Sir James Paice, Charlotte Leslie) have said word for word.
These MPs cite a recent investigation by HM Passport Office into trans inclusion; the conclusion of this investigation was that X on passports was not needed. Christie Elan-Cane has been heroically fighting and questioning the Passport Office ever since, This investigation totally ignored nonbinary and intersex folks, and at no point was the public (ie: where the nonbinary and intersex people are) consulted. Of course no one is going to sacrifice their £80 application fee by putting anything other than M or F in the sex field of their passport application.
The MPs are all Conservative and use very similar wording for their arguments. Indeed, only one Conservative has signed the EDM as I write this. I’m thinking they’re sharing notes. The trouble is, the notes they’re sharing are incorrect. This EDM calls for the legal recognition of nonbinary people, of which X on passports would be an effect. But the MPs say that the entire reason for their objection is a flawed investigation, the conclusion of which was only about X on passports. I’m not sure I’m saying this well, but basically, it’s not about passports, though passports are a symptom.
What can we do?
Your MP is supposed to represent you even if you’re in a minority group, and as Ben Bradshaw mentioned, EDMs don’t really do much and rarely result in parliamentary discussion. Your MP will know what needs to be done to get this issue discussed in parliament and moved forward in a practical fashion, and you are entitled to their assistance. No one else is supposed to help you with this stuff; it’s what your MP is for.
You could ask your MP:
- To forward your letter to HM Passport Office.
- What can be done to bring this issue before parliament.
- What would need to be done before nonbinary and intersex people have legal recognition.
- Who could be contacted to further the cause in some way.
- Whether your MP can do any of these things.
You are not required to be knowledgeable about the dark and mysterious ways of parliament; that’s your MP’s job.
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