Trans Rights Row Erupts at SNP Conference

It’s the first day of the SNP’s annual conference and it’s already going off the rails: members of the SNP’s LGBTQ+ wing Out for Independence have written a public letter to Nicola Sturgeon and Ian Blackford demanding they remove the SNP whip from Joanna Cherry following her comments on conversion therapy. They’re also calling for an investigation into transphobia within the party…

The letter accuses Cherry of making multiple “transphobic statements”, and points to a tweet earlier this month where Cherry claimed:

“We must not make it a criminal offence for therapists to try to help patients with gender dysphoria to feel comfortable in their birth sex.”

This, according to Out for Independence, amounts to Cherry calling for “conversion therapy aimed at transgender people to be exempt [from a ban] and that legislation on conversion therapy in general must be paused”… 

In a later newspaper column, Joanna clarified her views:

“Of course I’m against conversion therapy. What I want to preserve is therapy for young girls who are gender confused. Please ignore the distortions & the witch hunt…I am concerned that young women, particularly those who may be lesbians, should be offered alternatives to such drastic medical pathways, and that their teachers, parents and therapists should not be threatened with prison and fines for discussing these options with them.”

The activists, some of whom are also members of the Scottish Greens, have insisted that the National Secretary investigate Cherry for all this after the whip is withdrawn. So much for ignoring “the distortions and the witch hunt”…

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Joanna Cherry Sacked from SNP Front Bench

The SNP’s shadow home office and justice spokesperson in the Commons, Joanna Cherry, has announced via Twitter she has been sacked from the party’s front bench. Whilst Sturgeon’s motivation for the dismissal has not yet emerged, Cherry stands opposed to the party’s leadership on the two biggest rows at the moment: defending Salmond in the ongoing civil war; and causing headaches for Sturgeon in the trans rights row. Just yesterday, Cherry blocked fellow SNP MP – and former deputy leader in Westminster – Kirsty Blackman over a trans rights row…

UPDATE: Perhaps the Salmond row is at the heart of this sacking after all: Tom Gordon points out “the only SNP MPs without a role in the new Westminster line-up are the three closest to Alex Salmond – Joanna Cherry, Angus MacNeil and Kenny MacAskill”

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The Hunt for the New Advocate General

Justice Secretary Robert Buckland was sat on the steps of the throne in the Lords yesterday as Ken Clarke was introduced to the Chamber. He looked uneasy when the clerk read the letters patent out describing the new member as an “expert in the law”. There are serious doubts the Government will be able to look to the current Red Benches for a new Scottish Advocate General…

One keen senior Scottish Tory tells Guido “it’s a hugely prestigious role for an advocate so there won’t be a shortage of applicants!” Guido understands there is a chronic shortage of applicants. 

The SNP’s Joanna Cherry is waltzing around the corridors of power telling anyone who will listen no one in Edinburgh will accept it. It’s expected that in the short term this is probably true. Lord Keen, after all, resigned and he had been Chairman of the Scottish Conservative Party from 2014-15. The Government is in no rush, and will likely not be recruiting until the country is past Internal Market Bill contentions. The only name currently doing the rounds is Gavin MacColl QC. Don’t expect an announcement of fast-track peerage soon…

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Boris Can Prorogue Parliament Says Scottish Judge

Boris’s planned prorogation of Parliament is lawful, says judge at the highest court in Scotland. Another defeat for QC Jolyon and Joanna Cherry MP.

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Jolyon Given Another Chance to Waste Remainers’ Money

Twitter QC Jolyon Maugham is at it again, this time up in Scotland where he’s brought a yet another anti-Brexit case. This time the famously successful litigant has teamed up with Parliamentary luminaries Joanna Cherry and Jo Swinson to try to get judges to bar Boris from proroguing Parliament to allow Brexit to happen on October 31 if MPs attempt to block it again. Of course, as the Telegraph’s poll found last night, public opinion is on the side of Boris…

The judge at the initial hearing today has now agreed to grant the case a full hearing on September 6, at the Court of Session in Edinburgh. Giving Jolyon almost another four weeks to keep fleecing yet more money out of gullible Remainers…

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SNP’s Joanna Cherry: “Shut the F**k Up C***”

The air turned bluer than usual in Parliament when Joanna Cherry questioned a Twitter executive about acceptable language on the platform this afternoon. Baroness Hamwee doesn’t bat an eyelid as the Member of Parliament for Edinburgh South West sitting next to her swears like a docker on the Clyde. Crivvens!

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