#AskYourPCC: The Verdict

So, who to vote for? Based on the data we collated, GRARG have set out our recommendations below along with some selected quotes from their replies to our volunteers.

These candidates were clear that VAWG should be a priority and that sex must be respected in reporting of crimes and the treatment of victims. 

Unfortunately, given the poor response rate, we could only make recommendations for 25 police force areas.

Sadly 43% of respondents didn’t reply. We don’t think this is acceptable from people who are standing for such an important role that exercises considerable executive power over the determination of local policing priorities, and how policing funds are spent in your counties, towns and streets.

That’s why GRARG are pleased that since our first blog of collated responses was published over the Bank Holiday, a few more PCC Candidates have now got in touch. This is healthy for our democracy, and crucial for an election where turnout is often less than 30%. Your votes could really make a difference!

Our most recent analysis of the 57% who did respond to our questions, reveals 48% prefer recording and reporting on criminal offences by Sex, 12% preferred gender, and 40% were our beloved ‘Fence Sitters’!

You’re busy voting on the worst responses in Sarah Phillimore’s Poll, (and please continue! https://gcritical.org/2021/05/05/pccgenderwoo-razzies/ ) but we at GRARG also think you deserve to hear some of the heart warming remarks of those brave men and women who still believe #SexMatters, so here are our Recommended #PCC Candidates… in their own words.

 Police Force AreaRecommended Candidate(s)Selected Quotes
1Avon & Somerset Police ServiceJohn Smith (Indy) OR Mark Shelford (Con)…[my priorities include] lobbying for misogyny be recorded as a hate crime which I think is important for cultural change….
2Cambridgeshire Police ServiceNicky Massey (Lab)…Yes the equality act has my support and sex should be recorded.  I have no issue with gender being recorded alongside that sex must be recorded…
3Cheshire Police ServiceNick Goulding (Reform)…I am in favour of accurate and meaningful reporting…
4Cumbria Police ServiceBarbara Canon (Lab)..You have raised an entirely valid point about gender!  I have seen discussions elsewhere about it but I am not certain how well it will come out with final legislation. I will be happy to take that up with the Chief Constable..
5Derbyshire Police ServiceTim Prosser (Reform) Angelique Foster (Conservative)…I would have to agree that using gender as the definition will confuse and reduce the usefulness of any stats…(TP) …The issue you described is very valid and if elected I will look into it in more detail. I certainly agree with the sentiment of your argument. The proper crime data recording is an invaluable tool to gage how the police are performing in each category. I would certainly want to see that the data recorded is properly reflective of the crime committed… (AF)
6Devon and Cornwall Police ServiceGareth Derrick (Lab)… I absolutely agree that where any intimate police search takes place that the individual must have a right for the search to be conducted by an officer of the same biological/birth sex..
7Dorset Police ServiceDavid Sidwick (Con) or Patrick Canavan (Lab)….I would also ask for birth sex.
I know that there are fervent voices campaigning for self-identification to be the only criteria. I do not hold with that and certainly not in the context of a safeguarding…(DS)
8Essex Police ServiceChris Vince (Lab) I have been a supporter of making misogyny a hate crime for some time and am glad that it will now be recorded as such. If elected as PFCC I will work with officers, leadership and community organisations to provide a method of reporting that women feel comfortable with so that they are not frightened in coming forward and will monitor this. I also want to make the role of deputy PFCC specifically focused on domestic violence and violence against women.
I also agree with your second point about the dignity of female suspects.
9Gloucestershire ConstabularyAdrian Stratton (Indy)…I am now informed that Gloucestershire have recently begun recording the biological gender on crimes. I would review this as a priority…. (we believe he did mean sex not ‘biological gender’ here)…
10Hampshire ConstabularyDonna Jones (Con)….In terms of assurances from me, that Hampshire Police will be fair in their reporting and ensuring they capture the true and accurate data of someone’s sex at birth (where this is relevant), you have my assurance….
11Leicestershire Police ServiceRoss Willmott (Labour)…I support what you say about strip searches and we need to work hard to ensure there are enough female police officers…
12Merseyside Police ServiceBob Teesdale (Con)….I think it is summed up in the actual scenario where a “male” is convicted of rape. Whilst in prison he self identifies as female and is transferred to a women’s prison. Madness!….
13Norfolk Police ServiceMichael Rosen (Labour)… I have already pledged to improve recording, including misogyny as a hate crime. Like you I believe that women should be able to access services provided on the basis of their sex. I also believe that services should be available to those who wish to access them on the basis of gender and self-identification… this can only be done properly with accurate information that records the sex of victims as well as gender, and with further engagement to understand the specific needs of different people. For example, bearing in mind that the vast majority of domestic abuse is carried out by men on women (as defined by their sex) more services delivered in line with those victims wishes would be a high priority for me.
14Northumbria Police ServiceDuncan Carlyle Crute (Con) OR Julian Richard Kilburn (Indy)…I will absoloutely work towards putting a stop to that, i.e., Northumbria Police recording all crime statistics, both victim and perpetrator, by self-declared gender, rather than by sex… (DCC)…. Yes sex is a lot more useful than gender in terms of incidence and prevalence of illnesses in medicine and that seems likely in crime and safety issues as well… If the police are spending money on any organised charity groups, I’m going to be reviewing it (JRK)…
15Norfolk (Again)John Crofts (Lib Dem) “All forms of hate crime whether racist, xenophobic or on the basis of gender is abhorrent and I would be pleased to publicly condemn any such attacks unequivocally. Hate crime can not and will not be tolerated in our communities. Everyone should be free to live their lives without fear of abuse or attack on the basis of who they are… Your 13th paragraph starting ‘ Defining misogyny by “Sex”’ summarises very well the way in which we need to move forward and I am very keen that: serial stalkers and domestic abusers of women are prioritised and proactively identified, assessed and managed by Police, probation and other relevant agencies… Baroness Williams’s announcement that police forces will record misogyny as a hate crime from this autumn is a step forward and needs to be backed up on the ground.
16South Yorkshire Police ServiceAlan Billings (Lab) I commission services for victims of all types of crime. Victim Support is the charity that delivers a generic service. I also fund specific charities that support victims of domestic abuse (Independent Domestic Violence Advisers – IDVAs) and sexual violence (Independent Sexual Violence Advisers – ISVAs), in each of the four districts across South Yorkshire. During the lockdown periods I have been giving additional funding for DA services because of the rise in demand.
17Staffordshire Police ServiceTony Kearon (Lab) OR Ben Adams (Con)….Biological sex and gender identity both have profound (and in some respects different and/or inter-related) impacts on people’s lives, and we need an accurate and comprehensive picture of these impacts….
18Suffolk Police ServiceElizabeth Patricia Hughes (Lab) OR Andrew Patmore (Green)Both these Candidates accept Sex is distinct from Gender 
19Surrey Police ServiceLisa Townsend (Con)…[Do I support crimes being recorded+investigated with due respect to the sex and not just self-declared gender identity of the suspect/victim?] Yes!….
20Sussex Police Service Roy Thomas Williams (Independent) …I believe that the sex as designated at birth is the sex that should be used on all official documentation. If a person wishes to identify as anything other than their biologically designated sex at birth then that is their prerogative and i do not have a problem with this being recorded also, but to use self determined gender as the definitive classification is misleading…
21Thames Valley Police ServiceAlan Robinson (Indy)  OR Laetisia Carter  (Lab)…This is possibly the easiest e-mail I will answer. Yes, I will record sex and gender identity…. This practice of Hate Crime – no crime, has just got to challenged.  As Harry [Miller] says “If its No Crime why are the police getting involved?”. Yes, I will review our relationship with Stonewall, absolutely I will.(AR)
22Warwickshire Police ServiceBen Twomey (Lab) OR Henry Lu (Reform)  … I can certainly commit to proper recording as you suggest, and intend to share the powers of the Police Commissioner so local people can set strategy and hold the police to account alongside me. Your views and input would be very welcome then, including on specific practical changes that may be needed to the Code of Practice for example. (Ben Twomey)
23West Mercia ConstabularyPeter Jewell (Reform) A person is born male or female that is a fact and what ever you do you cannot change that fact and nor should you.
24West Midlands Police ServiceJools Hambleton (Indy) … The point you raise about strip searches on women that has not been completely clarified is something that needs addressing immediately!…
25Wiltshire Police ServiceBrig Oubridge (Green) or Liz Webster (Lib Dem) Both these Candidates accept Sex is distinct from Gender

Impact of a PCC who recognizes #SexMatters

It’s important to note that a PCC Candidate who knows Women are ‘Adult Human Females’ will also understand the necessity of awarding grants and commissioning services to female only specialist services for victims of male violence, as in October 2014 the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) devolved funding for the commissioning of victims’ services to PCCs. 

The widespread failure of 66% (inclusive of 23% “Fence-sitters”) of PCC candidates standing for election tomorrow to recognise the role of SEX as the key driver from both victim & offender POV for misogyny offences has implications for Women in terms of Police policy and practice, as well as initial policing response, training & performance management. 

One Candidate even told us “I am informed that domestic abuse forms the largest group of crimes detected at the current time.”

This is shocking, and continued haphazard categorisation of base data of Sex for misogyny offences, can only ensure VAWG, an everyday policing issue which forms a large proportion of all police call-outs, investigations, and protection duties, becomes more entrenched. 

From a resource allocation perspective therefore, a responsible PCC candidate should want to make evidence-based decisions derived from the accurate base data of SEX to tackle the cultural phenomenon of misogyny, and ensure Women feature prominently in the determination of local policing priorities, and how policing funds are spent in your town, and your counties.

We hope the words of the PCC Candidates we recommended above resonate with you, and tomorrow you use your vote to #IStoodForWomen because #SexMatters and that’s why we #AskYourPCC. Women will continue to be politically engaged beyond #LocalElections2021 to fight and defend our Sex Based Rights!

#PCCGenderWoo RAZZIES!

UPDATE! #GRARG are pleased to announce we have a Winner! Julian Malins Q.C., Reform Party, Wiltshire takes the coveted #PCCRazzie for the most bizarre or callous comment about women’s sex based rights!

 #GRARG hereby bestow this gorgeous statuette in our feature image, and designed by the amazingly talented @moleatthedoor, in recognition of this proud achievement. We trust Mr Mallins will treasure this fabulously designed trophy down the years!

Please go to @SVPhillimore and vote in our Twitter Poll! 
Gold, Silver and Bronze Finalists will be revealed on Election Day!

We’ve selected 19 of the most bizarre and outrageous responses received during #AskYourPCC, and are offering them up for your perusal and votes! Our Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Derbyshire Police Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhinsa, not only for inspiring our campaign but for refusing to have any definition of “gender” as seen in their response to @SVPhillimore FOI yesterday. His comments and his force actions speak for themselves! Immediately below are quotes and actions from our top 3 candidates, voted for by GRARG Volunteers.

The table following lists the rest of the Fence Sitters and Refuseniks! GRARG looks forward to your thoughts and votes throughout the day. Our 24hr Poll will close tomorrow morning.

David Williams, Independent, Lincolnshire

“I do appreciate the strength of feeling that you and your mother have on this issue and I agree that the rights of women, and indeed any other group within society, should be respected. I am afraid however that I cannot subscribe to the statements which you ask me to. Matters of this nature are far more complex and involved than simple declarations such as the ones you have asked me to sign up to can adequately address. 

I realise that this is not the response you would like but it is my view”.

The statements he’s acting as though they are some anthrax package are:

We feel strongly that female victims should be able to choose the sex of their interviewer/examiner and that female suspects should only ever be searched by a female police officer. Do you support this right?

We also feel that crime must be reported by sex not gender. We are sick and tired of seeing misleading reports on “women” paedophiles who turn out to be men who “self identify” as women. Women are a sex class, not a feeling inside a man’s head and it is offensive to women to report these vile crimes as though they were committed by women. Women commit very few sex crimes so even a few men “self identifying” massively skews the statistics and changes society’s perspective on criminal behaviour. Do you agree that crime should be reported on the basis of sex not gender?

When asked to clarify these remarks, this candidate BLOCKED the Volunteer! 

Joe Otten, Liberal Democrat, South Yorkshire

“I would have to look further into the issue you raise regarding the collection of statistics, but it seems that not recording gender identity would itself lead to defective statistics, and that routinely doubting people when they tell you what their gender is, would be offensive and not just to trans people, so again I am not clear how this is meant to work.”

“I confess I am unclear why the distinction between sex and gender is important here or how this would work in practise. Why should a victim of a crime motivated by misogyny have to disclose to the police whether she is trans; there may be no telling whether the perpetrator knows or cares whether the victim is trans, though if they do then we may be talking about a transphobic hate crime too”.

Julian Malins Q.C., Reform Party, Wiltshire

As to the current topics of debate regarding gender/sex etc. to which you refer, I think that these growing issues are more than simply a result of the usual cultural and/or social changes taking place in the population (which is often simply a cyclical phenomenon in history), but is in fact, a real phenomenon.  My present theory – and it is only a theory which I would alter if new facts came to light – is that since the contraceptive pill became widely used from around 1968 and also because of the extraordinary growth in the use of hormones in the agricultural industry, hormones have entered the aquifers and subsequently into drinking water and that young people, going through puberty, genuinely are confused about their sexuality.  This, I think should be investigated.

But, as I say, I am a live and let live kind of person.”

Full list of RAZZIE Candidates 
1. Loraine Birchall, Lib Dem, Cumbria
2. Mark Shelford, Conservative, Avon and Somerset
3. Adrian Stratton, Independent, Gloucestershire
4. Brian Blake, Liberal Democrat, Devon and Cornwall
5. John Dwyer, Conservative, Cheshire
6. David Keane, Labour, Cheshire
7. Dan Hardy, Dorset, Independent
8. Kerry Barker, Labour, Avon and Somerset
9. Martin Surl, Independent, Gloucestershire
10. Ross Pepper, Liberal Democrat, Lincolnshire
11. David Williams, Independent, Lincolnshire
12. Kevin Hurley, Independent, Surrey
13. Sue Morris, Reform, Cambridgeshire
14. Howard Kaye, Labour, Surrey
15. Joe Otten, Liberal Democrat, South Yorkshire
16. Julian Malins Q.C., Reform Party, Wiltshire
17. Stuart Jackson, Green Party, Devon and Cornwall
18. Stewart Golton, Liberal Democrat, West Yorkshire
19. Tim Passmore, Conservative, Suffolk

Quotes from all #GenderWoo candidates are below. 

The Biological Genderist

1. Loraine Birchall, Lib Dem, Cumbria

Note: She refused to send email, and made up waffly sob story … but still wants votes. Politically expedient. 

Exact Comments from Volunteer “The lib dem candidate..  now what an interesting convo. I have a feeling biological gender may appear. As she said it 6 times on the phone. She is very pro woman, I said I think your definition is very different to mine. But she did accept that there is a conflict with self id and womens rights.

She kept saying gender hate crimes, and I told her that did not exist. It’s not a protected characteristic in law, she sighed and said ‘oh you do know what your about’. Erm yeah thanks

She enjoyed the email and is trying to reply as in depth as she can”

2. Mark Shelford, Conservative, Avon and Somerset

 “I am not an expert in this subject but the common sense approach must be based on biological gender.”  


3. Adrian Stratton, Independent, Gloucestershire.

Note: Adrian has the unique distinction of being the recommended PCC candidate for Gloucestershire but also featuring on our list of most strange and unusual comments, because whilst he demonstrated he understood #SexMatters, he did initially use the phrase “biological gender”. He later explained that is how sex is recorded in Gloucestershire Constabulary, when asked for clarification.

“The recording of gender should always have been recorded and I am amazed this isn’t happening. I am now informed that Gloucestershire have recently begun recording the biological gender on crimes. I would review this as a priority. Crimes must be recorded accurately as the details show us what needs to be addressed and also sets our priorities”.

The Fence sitter

4Brian Blake, Liberal Democrat, Devon and Cornwall

“I too feel uncomfortable about the gender reassignment issue, which is a matter for Parliament.”

5. John Dwyer, Conservative, Cheshire

“The issues you raise are of concern and will be addressed by me should I be successful on 6th May. Having addressed them, I anticipate a publication of the approach to be adopted by Cheshire Constabulary so that the public can be informed of the policies. I trust will find my response helpful.“

The Unhelpful 

6. David Keane, Labour, Cheshire

“It’s good to hear that you are actively considering where to use your vote. My stance against violence against women and girls is absolutely clear and unequivocal, and as a White Ribbon Ambassador my commitment is strong, clear and active. My commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion is equally clear and based upon my personal values, which I rely upon in every decision I make. I stand firmly against discrimination and prejudice in all its forms. I’m firmly committed to protecting dignity and human rights of all of our residents. 

The Confused

7. Dan Hardy, Dorset, Independent

“I fully understand the challenges for all in such a delicate period of someone’s life – Toilets, changing room uses etc. An example is strip searching, a female should only strip search a female. Simple. Intimate searches involve medical professionals, or requests for the suspect to remove items from orifices with same sex officers present, again, simple. But what if I’m defined as a woman, but still have genitals?…”

“I have vast experience of these very real life policing issues from being a custody sergeant. My view – I personally feel sex/gender reporting should potentially go the same way as race identification, the victim or witness elects and can self define another option. This approach would support better data based on the victims actual needs, avoid error and also support neutrality.”

Conflation of issues – ‘women’ is really about something else entirely: trans, BLM, take your pick! 

8. Kerry Barker, Labour, Avon and Somerset

I understand that Avon and Somerset is one of the forces that records misogyny as a hate crime. I have made a statement on transgender issues.  I am afraid that I can do no more than copy it to you in the hope of securing your vote.”

(Produces statement which reads):

“The police have the difficult task of following a narrow neutral path when dealing with divisive social issues.
Most important is that they comply with the law and are seen to be upholding the law.
In particular, in this field, the police are bound by the Gender Recognition Act 2004 and, as a public body, by the Equality Act 2010.
Section 9 of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 provides that where a full gender recognition certificate is issued to a person, the person’s gender becomes for all purposes the acquired gender (so that, if he acquired gender is the male gender, the person’s sex becomes that of a man and, if it is the female gender, the person’s sex becomes that of a woman).
So, if a person born of one sex has the benefit of a full gender recognition certificate and so acquires the opposite gender the police must, and will, treat that person as being of the sex set out in the certificate.

9. Martin Surl, Independent, Gloucestershire

“Domestic abuse, sexual violence and racism are the crimes and behaviours akin to a malignant cancer that can destroy every aspect of a victim’s life.
I regularly update my Police & Crime Plan and last year when it was clear the elections would be cancelled I did just that and referenced the changes that needed to take place following the revelation from the #Me too movement, the murder of George Floyd.”

10. Ross Pepper, Liberal Democrat, Lincolnshire

“With regards to victim support, if elected, I will look at all aspects of victim support to ensure that any victim of crime is given the support they need. This is especially the case in relation to sexual assault. As someone who has supported someone close following an assault, I want to ensure any victim of rape or sexual assault is treated with the upmost dignity and respect in a very difficult period. I also want to make sure that victims come forward and speak out, are listened to and are respected.

However, with regards to your four statements, I cannot confirm that, as I do not share your views. If elected, I will ensure that the trans community in Lincolnshire know that the police are there for them. Both transwomen and transmen suffer much abuse in our communities, and I will not just stand by”. 


The generally patronising, dismissive and callous

11. David Williams, Independent, Lincolnshire

“I do appreciate the strength of feeling that you and your mother have on this issue and I agree that the rights of women, and indeed any other group within society, should be respected. I am afraid however that I cannot subscribe to the statements which you ask me to. Matters of this nature are far more complex and involved than simple declarations such as the ones you have asked me to sign up to can adequately address. 

I realise that this is not the response you would like but it is my view”.

The statements he’s acting like they are some anthrax package are:

We feel strongly that female victims should be able to choose the sex of their interviewer/examiner and that female suspects should only ever be searched by a female police officer. Do you support this right?

We also feel that crime must be reported by sex not gender. We are sick and tired of seeing misleading reports on “women” paedophiles who turn out to be men who “self identify” as women. Women are a sex class, not a feeling inside a man’s head and it is offensive to women to report these vile crimes as though they were committed by women. Women commit very few sex crimes so even a few men “self identifying” massively skews the statistics and changes society’s perspective on criminal behaviour. Do you agree that crime should be reported on the basis of sex not gender?

When asked to clarify these remarks, this candidate BLOCKED the Volunteer! 

12. Kevin Hurley, Independent, Surrey

“I don’t have time trying to reach 800K people to get into a debate about people choosing to change their genders”.

“Thank you for your informative and passionate message. I share that passion. I do not have time to answer every point. I can say I investigated the Suzy Lamplugh disappearance/murder.” Goes on to not answer questions of recording criminal offences by biological sex, and instead rants on about arresting “yobs” and “rebuilding the police in Iraq and Afghanistan”

13. Sue Morris, Reform, Cambridgeshire

“My personal belief is that all people are important and have equal protection under the law. I do not support isolating specified groups as different and outside of the mainstream. This may appear to give them special status but the downside is that it creates separateness. I do not think that this is how a healthy society should operate and hope to be taking positive steps to strengthen people and encourage them to take personal responsibility and contribute their skills.”


14. Howard Kaye, Labour, Surrey


Volunteer: In what way can a man become a woman? And, therefore how do you define woman, if not as adult human female?
Answer: I will accept that your not going to be voting for me.”

(That is not a typo, Reader. That is Howard’s grammatical skills on full display)


15. Joe Otten, Liberal Democrat, South Yorkshire

“I would have to look further into the issue you raise regarding the collection of statistics, but it seems that not recording gender identity would itself lead to defective statistics, and that routinely doubting people when they tell you what their gender is, would be offensive and not just to trans people, so again I am not clear how this is meant to work.”

“I confess I am unclear why the distinction between sex and gender is important here or how this would work in practise. Why should a victim of a crime motivated by misogyny have to disclose to the police whether she is trans; there may be no telling whether the perpetrator knows or cares whether the victim is trans, though if they do then we may be talking about a transphobic hate crime too”.


The downright bizarre!

16. Julian Malins Q.C., Reform Party, Wiltshire

As to the current topics of debate regarding gender/sex etc. to which you refer, I think that these growing issues are more than simply a result of the usual cultural and/or social changes taking place in the population (which is often simply a cyclical phenomenon in history), but is in fact, a real phenomenon.  My present theory – and it is only a theory which I would alter if new facts came to light – is that since the contraceptive pill became widely used from around 1968 and also because of the extraordinary growth in the use of hormones in the agricultural industry, hormones have entered the aquifers and subsequently into drinking water and that young people, going through puberty, genuinely are confused about their sexuality.  This, I think should be investigated.

But, as I say, I am a live and let live kind of person.”

17. Stuart Jackson, Green Party, Devon and Cornwall

“Issues of gender identity are complex. I would be a PCC who listens to all views. Above all, I would wish to help change Devon & Cornwall, and the ways in which we are policed, with the following aim. 

That: all women, both those assigned female at birth and those who self-identify as female later in life; and all non-binary people and people who self-define as LGBTQIA+ feel safe at home, and therefore feel confident to report domestic abuse should it occur feel safe in our streets, to dress in clothing which makes them feel good about themselves and that all citizens should be policed with respect, and taken seriously, whenever they become victims of crime.

May the 6th, be with us and May the Force be with us!”

18. Stewart Golton, Liberal Democrat, West Yorkshire

“I could have responded quite quickly and positively to the majority of your email, but I found myself perplexed by your question of the difference of ‘woman’ and ‘female’. Can I ask you the same question so that I can understand the context within which the question is framed?

If the question is one of fear of sexual assault, what would you suggest should be the response to a person who objects to a person of the same sex/gender searching them because they are gay?

19. Tim Passmore, Conservative, Suffolk

“Transgender officers/staff presenting as the opposite sex to their birth sex, can search a person of the sex that they are presenting as, without the need for any legal proof of gender unless there are clear reasons why it would not be appropriate to do so.”

20. Hardyal Dhinsa, Labour Candidate and incumbent PCC, Derbyshire – GRARG Lifetime Razzie Award

“We all know majority of ‘gender hate’ will mean misogyny. Women and girls need to be given confidence to report and stand up to this unwarranted hate behaviour. Proud to see it being delivered in #Derbyshire #Derby on my watch as #DerbyshirePCC”.

PCC Responses: The Good, The Fence Sitters and the Refuseniks!

GRARG soon came to realize: it’s a truth universally acknowledged that a PCC Candidate in need of your vote, would rather go around the planet 7 times than give a straightforward answer to the conflation of Sex and Gender in criminal statistics and the impact of this distortion on Women and understanding misogyny.

Sex not Gender

We specifically pushed candidates to confirm whether they would ensure that the sex of perpetrators is accurately recorded. In addition, we wanted reassurance that they agreed that victims of sexual assault or rape should be interviewed by an officer of the same sex. Only a minority of candidates we contacted (23%) would confirm that sex must be the priority over gender. 4% of candidates stated that gender was the preferred metric.

 

This left a majority of non-responders or ‘Fence-sitters’.  Amongst many of these, a new buzz phrase emerged, ‘biological gender’:

Volunteer Question: will you commit to ensuring the experimental recording of misogyny as a hate crime (due to start this autumn) will be on the basis of biological sex and not gender? Continuing to subsume the sex characteristic under ‘Gender’ and not having misogyny as a separate hate crime would mean unreliable statistics on offences motivated by prejudice based on biological sex on its own, or how this intersects with other characteristics. 

PCC Candidate Answer: Again I am not an expert in this subject but the common sense approach must be based on biological gender.

One Liberal Democrat PCC Candidate mentioned ‘Biological Gender’ 6 times.

Candidate Response Rate
The overall response rate to our questions was 50%. Yes, you read that right, 50% of candidates didn’t even bother to reply to our emails, calls or tweets.  It’s also worth noting that of those 50% that did respond to us, nearly half of those, we classified as ‘Fence Sitters’. More often than not, they avoided directly answering our three questions completely. Providing vague waffle about protecting women but not engaging on the specific points. ‘Fence sitter’ responses included:

  • “I too feel uncomfortable about the gender reassignment issue, which is a matter for Parliament.” 

This is not true Reader: Each force is free to record crimes for their own purposes of record-keeping by whatever Protected Characteristic they see fit. Further, each PCC exercises considerable executive power over the determination of local policing priorities, and how policing funds are spent in England and Wales. Despite the policing principle of operational independence, your PCC is also equipped with the Power to sack the Chief Constable of their local force.

  • The issues you raise are of concern and will be addressed by me should I be successful on 6th May. Having addressed them, I anticipate a publication of the approach to be adopted by Cheshire Constabulary so that the public can be informed of the policies. I trust you will find my response helpful.“

Reader: How could anyone be expected to find this response ‘helpful’? You never answer the question!

  • “I take sexual assault and crimes against women extremely seriously. As a husband and father of 3 girls and 4 granddaughters, this is an issue very close to my heart.
    I have included 3 of my recent press releases that may be of interest to you, in assessing my views.”
    Goes on to attack other candidates without offering any solutions

Then there were those who conflated Misogyny and Sex with Racism and George Floyd and a bit of #MeToo, and those who brazened it out by thinking that omitting misogyny was going to get past our beady eyes:

  • “Domestic abuse, sexual violence and racism are the crimes and behaviours akin to a malignant cancer that can destroy every aspect of a victim’s life.
    I regularly update my Police & Crime Plan and last year when it was clear the elections would be cancelled I did just that and referenced the changes that needed to take place following the revelation from the #Me too movement, the murder of George Floyd.”
  • “Following the tragic case of Sarah Everard I issued a formal statement that made clear my views on violence against women and the need for all men to take responsibility for presenting the right attitudes towards women. I don’t know if you saw the statement but you can find it on my PCC web-site. I don’t mention the issue of misogyny specifically but I have spoken in the past about my support for this to be classed as a hate crime. Clearly the police do not make the law but PCCs are able to lobby for changes.”

The ‘fence-sitter’ Winner?

  • “It’s good to hear that you are actively considering where to use your vote. My stance against violence against women and girls is absolutely clear and unequivocal, and as a White Ribbon Ambassador my commitment is strong, clear and active. My commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion is equally clear and based upon my personal values, which I rely upon in every decision I make. I stand firmly against discrimination and prejudice in all its forms. I’m firmly committed to protecting dignity and human rights of all of our residents.

Women as a priority: The Refuseniks (patronising, dismissive and callous responses)

As hilariously outrageous and incredible as some of these answers were, they were also deeply problematic, because they revealed that not only were women simply not a priority, they weren’t even a consideration for some PCC Candidates, despite the lip service. Even the supposedly harmless ones indicated so much blind indifference to the policing needs of women, it was hard to see how, in those counties, Women’s needs as victims, as survivors, as suspects, would be met as effectively as possible.

This failure to acknowledge and center Sex and other inequalities matters, because it shuts down the possibility of perceiving and acting on the drivers of misogyny and developing the best quality response to it. Ignorant or deliberately obtuse? You decide! 

  • I could have responded quite quickly and positively to the majority of your email, but I found myself perplexed by your question of the difference of ‘woman’ and ‘female’. Can I ask you the same question so that I can understand the context within which the question is framed? (Stewart Golton, Liberal Democrat, West Yorkshire)
  • “I don’t have time trying to reach 800K people to get into a debate about people choosing to change their genders” (Kevin Hurley, Independent, Surrey) 
  • “My personal belief is that all people are important and have equal protection under the law. I do not support isolating specified groups as different and outside of the mainstream. This may appear to give them special status but the downside is that it creates separateness. I do not think that this is how a healthy society should operate and hope to be taking positive steps to strengthen people and encourage them to take personal responsibility and contribute their skills.”(Sue Morris, Reform, Cambridgeshire)
  • “Volunteer: In what way can a man become a woman? And, therefore how do you define woman, if not as adult human female?
    Howard Kaye (Labour, Surrey): I will accept that your not going to be voting for me.”

    (That is not a typo, Reader. That is Howard’s grammatical skills on full display)
  • “I confess I am unclear why the distinction between sex and gender is important here or how this would work in practice. Why should a victim of a crime motivated by misogyny have to disclose to the police whether she is trans; there may be no telling whether the perpetrator knows or cares whether the victim is trans, though if they do then we may be talking about a transphobic hate crime too. I would have to look further into the issue you raise regarding the collection of statistics, but it seems that not recording gender identity would itself lead to defective statistics, and that routinely doubting people when they tell you what their gender is, would be offensive and not just to trans people, so again I am not clear how this is meant to work.” (Joe Otten, Liberal Democrat, South Yorkshire)
  • “Thank you for your informative and passionate message. I share that passion. I do not have time to answer every point. I can say I investigated the Suzy Lamplugh disappearance/murder.” Goes on to not answer questions of recording criminal offences by biological sex, and instead rants on about arresting “yobs” and “rebuilding the police in Iraq and Afghanistan” (Kevin Hurley, again).
  • If the question is one of fear of sexual assault, what would you suggest should be the response to a person who objects to a person of the same sex/gender searching them because they are gay? (Stewart Golton, Liberal Democrat, West Yorkshire, again)

We end with the downright bizzare, one from a QC, no less: 

  • “Above all, I would wish to help change [..] the ways in which we are policed, with the following aim. That: all women, both those assigned female at birth and those who self-identify as female later in life; and all non-binary people and people who self-define as LGBTQIA+ feel safe at home, and therefore feel confident to report domestic abuse should it occur feel safe in our streets, to dress in clothing which makes them feel good about themselves and that all citizens should be policed with respect, and taken seriously, whenever they become victims of crime. May the 6th, be with us and May the Force be with us!” (Stuart Jackson, Green Party, Devon and Cornwall)
  • “My present theory – and it is only a theory which I would alter if new facts came to light – is that since the contraceptive pill became widely used from around 1968 and also because of the extraordinary growth in the use of hormones in the agricultural industry, hormones have entered the aquifers and subsequently into drinking water and that young people, going through puberty, genuinely are confused about their sexuality. This, I think should be investigated. But, as I say, I am a live and let live kind of person.” (Julian Malins Q.C., Reform Party, Wiltshire)

Amidst the despair came the few responses that restored our faith in humanity.

The Common Sense Independent:

  • “Yes sex is a lot more useful than gender in terms of incidence and prevalence of illnesses in medicine and that seems likely in crime and safety issues as well.It’s also a lot less controversial

The Thoughtful Conservative:

  • The issue here is that there is inconsistency between forces and that means different treatment depending on geography which can’t be right. It is however understandable though not right that self-identification is used as that is the least confrontational approach to take. I would also ask for birth sex.
    I know that there are fervent voices campaigning for self-identification to be the only criteria. I do not hold with that and certainly not in the context of a safeguarding situation.

    Regarding a definition of a woman – an adult female human being works for me. Oxford English Dictionary.
    Regarding misogyny generally – I have no time for it.”

The Brave PCC Candidate battling Gender Extremism within Party Ranks

  • “Women’s sex-based rights need to continue to be protected, and sex should remain a protected characteristic. The human rights of trans-people should also be protected, but where there is a clash of rights between these and women’s sex-based rights, a third way has to be found (probably involving separate gender-neutral spaces) so that the rights of one group do not cancel out those of another. This needs to apply to prisons, refuges and public changing rooms, and similar single-sex spaces.”)

The Sensible Liberal Democrat:

  • Your 13th paragraph starting ‘ Defining misogyny by “Sex”’ summarises very well the way in which we need to move forward and I am very keen that: serial stalkers and domestic abusers of women are prioritised and proactively identified, assessed and managed by Police, probation and other relevant agencies.Officers should have full training in understanding how to properly protect vulnerable female victims. Women should feel totally supported at every stage of any investigation with female officers used in any intimate situations. Baroness Williams’s announcement that police forces will record misogyny as a hate crime from this autumn is a step forward and needs to be backed up on the ground. If elected I would welcome the opportunity to talk further on this issue.”

The Criminologist Labour Candidate:

  • In particular I am concerned about very low levels of under-reporting and under-recording of sexual violence committed by men against women, of domestic abuse and significant levels of verbal abuse, intimidation and threat experienced by women in their everyday lives at the hands of men. This needs to be acknowledged and we need to make sure we have accurate data on the forms, patterning and trends in these experiences.


We needed these sane views, expressed across all political party lines, to remind us that the World hadn’t yet gone utterly insane, for in truth the statistics at the end of the #AskYourPCC Campaign are truly damning:

Surely, it would be within these PCC Candidate’s own and wider society’s interest, as well as the Women whose voices these PCC’s pledge to champion, to tackle 
the root causes and drivers of misogynistic offences such as domestic violence & sexual assault, which the UN acknowledges as detrimental not only on the lives & health of women, but has “significant socio-economic implications for individuals, families, communities and society?”

And what better way to begin this mammoth task than to collate accurate base data, on Sex, with which PCC’s can use to make an evidenced based approach for setting Policing priorities of their respective forces? Or Commission funding of female only specialists’ services for victims of male violence? Or ensure the police officers under their command spark up positive intervention and public awareness campaigns in this area, like they do for LGBT campaigns?

The facts are clear: we cannot fight VAWG if we’re not clear what women and girls are. It will also be difficult to take appropriate steps to combat VAWG if we don’t know who the overwhelming majority of perpetrators are. 

In the words of Dr. Kath Murray of Edinburgh-based policy analysts Murray, Blackburn and Mackenzie, “Recording and presenting violent and sexual offences committed by male as ‘female’ distorts our understanding of the nature of offending by women and men,” she said. “It obscures whether changes shown in statistics are due to real changes or only to changes in recording. In extremis, it may lead to the development of policies and projects based on false information.” https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/rape-suspects-can-choose-to-self-identify-as-female-vfl678tg6 

Women have a lot of work to do! May 6th is just a start to reminding our Political Elites, starting with our PCC Candidates, “If You Don’t Respect My Sex, Don’t Expect my “X”.

On the Police Crime and Commissioner Candidate Trail

The discovery of Sarah Everard’s body on the 10thof March, on a cold London night, as the Scottish Parliament debated the merits of a Hate Crime Bill which left out Sex as an aggravator in criminal offences, shocked and outraged UK citizens and re-sparked a national conversation on just what exactly could be done to keep Women safe from the prevalence and persistence of male violence.

The Prime Minister condemned the violence unequivocally and the Home Secretary reopened a Consultation in the Violence against Women and Girls, so she could hear from more women on their experiences of sexual assault, rape and murder to inform yet another  new National strategy to tackle the pernicious culture of seeming impunity for male perpetrators of violence against women and to examine why these incidents seem to happen again and again.

Given the national angst and collective grief over Everard’s high profile murder, one would think Candidates for PCC would be only too eager to boost their Women supporting credentials, and develop plans that tackled Women’s and girls’ very disproportionate victimization and men’s predominant perpetration of these offences

#GRARG decided to embark on a plan to find out the policies of PCC candidates on VAWG and to find out if they conflated sex with gender. 

With the help of some 50 volunteers, we found ourselves soaked into a world of hilarity, outrage, genuine confusion and shock as 120 Police Crime Commissioner Candidates fudged, obfuscated, and outright refused to answer 3 simple questions: 

  • What (if any) are your proposed policies with regard to misogyny offences (such as domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, femicide)?
  • If elected, would the PCC in question commit to ensuring accurate and consistent reporting on Sex hate offences such as misogyny, takes place, in addition to committing to all other offences being recorded by biological sex and not gender identity?
  • Would they ensure female dignity and safety was given due regard, in matters such as strip searches, so that only female bodied individuals carry out a strip search on female suspects?

#AskYourPCC! The Numbers:

  •  GRARG contacted 120 of the 166 of the PCC candidates for #LocalElections2021. As of the afternoon of Monday 3rd May, 2021, 52% of the 120 had failed to respond to our innocuous questions of biological reality and its importance in criminal statistics, or the necessity in preserving the dignity and safety of females during encounters with law enforcement. A further 22% (Fence Sitters) refused to give straight answers to a fundamental variable (Sex) in criminal statistics *These figures are revised at the end of this post, as further respondents got in touch after the blog publication and interactions with some Gender Critical Women and Men on Twitter!*
  • Out of 166 Candidates, only 39 had mentioned Women and/ or VAWG in their Manifestos. A measly 23%. Of that, 10% were Labour Candidates, 3% were Conservative, 4% were Liberal Democrat Manifestos, and the rest were Independent/ Other Party Manifestos.
  • In the following 10 areas, none of the Candidates standing for the role of PCC offered a single response, despite numerous chase ups and pleas: Cleveland, Durham, Dyfed-Powys, Manchester, Lancashire, Leicestershire, North Wales, North Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, South Wales.
  • Labour appeared the most responsive, with at least 22 of their Candidates responding to the GRARG questions. However, this number is deceptive because only 7 outrightly favour recording offences by biological sex. Many of the Candidates who had made such a big deal of mentioning Women in their manifestos or campaign pledges, simply refused to answer our questions. Labour Candidates in Cambridgeshire, Cumbria, Devon and Cornwall, Staffordshire, Suffolk Thames Valley, Warwickshire prefer recording criminial offences by Sex, instead of Gender. 
  • Not many Conservatives mentioned Women in their Manifestos, a paltry 5 Conservatives in comparison to Labour’s 17. And only 16 Conservatives responded to our queries. However, in a surprising twist, 6 of their Candidates outrightly said they preferred recording Sex in favour of Gender. Avon & Somerset, Dorset, Merseyside, Northumbria , Staffordshire, Surrey
  • Only 1 Liberal Democrat (Norfolk) professed to prefer recording offences by Sex instead of Gender.
  • Independents and less established political candidates appeared to have much less hesitancy in discussing matter of Sex and Gender. For example, although many of us would think think twice before giving our vote to a Reform Candidate on matters of National Policy, of the 7 Reform Candidates, 53% were very blunt in their preference for recording criminal offences by Biological Sex, instead of Gender.

Conclusions: A damning veil of secrecy of the saliency of Sex is dawning in England and Wales. Even as the reality of our lives demonstrates, in the words of one Labour PCC Candidate, the “importance of accurate, comprehensive and nuanced data as a mechanism for capturing an accurate picture of what is happening ‘out there’, of changing and emerging patterns of victimisation and offending, of groups of victims and offences that are under-reported and under represented, and how all of these trends and experiences could or should be reflected in public policy and interventions to tackle social problems, allocate public resources, identify emerging challenges and risks etc”

And yet 74% (52% no Responses, a further 22% Fence sitters) of PCC Candidates adopted a Code of Omerta on the most pertinent factor (Biological Sex) in the sadly extremely common crimes against Women, which form a large proportion of all police call-outs, investigations, and protection duties. An important and highly relevant area of their PCC future job (if elected), which disproportionately impacted on women was either dismissed, or silenced in favour of Gender Extremism ideology.
“I don’t have time trying to reach 800K people to get into a debate about people choosing to change their genders” (PCC Candidate) 

This silence, which is so harmful for Women, cannot stand. GRARG decided to #IstoodUpForwomen by embarking on #AskYourPCC. On Thursday, 6th May, you too, can stand up for Women by voting for Candidates that stand for Women, and realize crimes of Misogyny (including rape and femicide) are crimes committed by Men, and perpetuated on Women, and that violence against Women is both a cause and effect of female inequality. Vote like your lives depend on it. For some of us Women, it literally does.

Coming Next: A snapshot of the responses! From biological gender, to Suzy Lamplugh, to bizarre theories about the emergence of Gender Ideology? Who do you think said the most outrageous remark? A Conservative, A Labour Candidate, A Liberal Democrat, or perhaps an Independent?

  • NB: Since publication of this post, the Labour Candidate for Leicester has been in touch, reducing number of forces with no-show candidates to 9. 26 Labour Candidates have responded to our queries with 11 Labour Candidates now in favour of recording and reporting on criminal statistics by Sex, not Gender.
  • 18 Conservatives have now responded to our queries, with 7 now stating they are in favour of recording criminal offences by Sex, instead of Gender.
  • Liberal Democrat response rate remains unchanged.
  • The overall response rate has dropped to 44% whilst the ‘Fence Sitters’ have increased marginally to 23%. Meaning 67%, a majority of PCC Candidates, refuse to answer questions on a key feature of their role as VAWG continues to impact UK society.
  • This is a dynamic situation though, which is fast changing, so please do head over to Sarah’s blog to see our latest updates and recommended PCC Candidate for Thursday’s vote! https://gcritical.org/2021/05/03/ask-your-pcc-here-are-the-answers/

ASK YOUR PCC – Here are the answers

On April 7th 2021 GRARG member ArtlessFeckleblossom posed a question for all the would be Police and Crime Commissioners standing for election on May 6th. Her letter is here.

Thanks to the efforts of many volunteers we were able to put these questions to the majority of the candidates across the country. We made it clear it was crucial for us to understand how each candidate saw the issue of ‘sex not gender’ and how this would impact on policing policies for dealing with violence against women and girls. We are going to consider some of the responses in more detail in later blog posts. This post is to give you the critical information NOW so you can use your vote wisely on May 6th. Which candidates believed that sex matters?

Sadly 4% of respondents didn’t reply. We don’t think this is acceptable from people who are standing for election and when there are frequent complaints that turn out for this important position is historically always low. 23% were ‘fence sitters’ – clearly too terrified to commit either way. Interestingly only 6% preferred ‘gender’ over ‘sex’ – 27% were able to tell us without equivocation that sex is real and it matters. This is heartening; we hope the tide is turning.

While it was good to see some candidates had clearly put a lot of thought into their responses, some had not. We will be putting the best of the worst responses to a public vote to see which candidate made the most cloth eared and bonkers response to our plea for recognition that #SexMatters.

Read all our blogs on this topic.

Vote here for the Gender Woo Woo Razzies – https://gcritical.org/2021/05/05/pccgenderwoo-razzies/

If you don’t respect my Sex – don’t expect my X – https://gcritical.org/2021/04/07/police-and-crime-commissioners/

On the Police Crime Commissioner Candidate Trail – https://gcritical.org/2021/05/03/on-the-police-crime-and-commissioner-candidate-trail/

GRARG’s Recommendations for #SexMatters

You can find out information on all the candidates via the Choose My Police and
Crime Commissioner – Information from the UK Government (choosemypcc.org.uk)

NB: the duties of Greater Manchester Police and Met Crime Commissioner were subsumed into the mayoralty and the PCC office itself abolished so no candidates are included here.

Guidance notes:
 Where there is a Recommended candidate this is indicated, simply based on
what replies we received. It means they have answered our questions clearly
and are #SexNotGender though some candidates may need a little further
work. [NB: this does not mean the non-replying candidates are not gender
critical. Nor does it mean they aren’t prioritising VAWG, as some are].
 Where we have said No Recommendations it is because the candidates did
not answer the questions properly/were fence-sitters or evasive.
 Where there is no response from any Force candidate, this is noted.
 Some candidates responded to say they recognised our important questions
and they would respond more fully – but haven’t done so in time for our
deadline. They are in our ’no replies’ category.
 Where we received only 1 full reply but cannot recommend them, we have
summarised what they said.
 We have recorded if we are recommending more than one #SexNotGender
candidate, or if there is a close runner up.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary
Recommendations: John Smith. Independent. @Johnsmith4pcc

Mark Shelford Conservative @shelfordmark

Bedfordshire Police
No recommendation.
Only the Lib Dem candidate Jas Parmar replied. @JasJasParmar4PCC
He said: Crime of misogyny should be recorded as hate crime. As father of three
daughters feels strongly about it. Says he wants to ensure ‘we are ground breaking
in fighting gender crime and bias ant not bystanders’ (sic).

Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Recommendation: Nicky Massey. Labour. @nmassey79

Cheshire Constabulary
Recommendation: Nick Goulding. Independent. @NickGoulding4

Cleveland Police
No responses

Cumbria Constabulary
Recommendation: Barbara Cannon. Labour. @BarbaraACannon

Derbyshire Constabulary
Recommendations: Tim Prosser. Reform UK. @prosser_timothy

Angelique Foster, Conservative

Devon & Cornwall Police
Recommendation: Gareth Derrick. Labour. @Gareh4Labour

Dorset Police
Recommendations: David Sidwick. Conservative @Sidwick4Dorset.

Patrick Canavan Labour & Co-operative Party Candidate agrees ‘sex matters’. @Patrick4PCC

Late response from Dan Hardy, Independent candidate. Gets points for being willing to engage and talk further but does appear to support self identification of sex.

Durham Constabulary 
No responses

Dyfed-Powys
No responses

Essex Police 
Recommendation: Chris Vince, Labour. @ChrisJVince
He says: Supports making misogyny a hate crime. Will work to provide a method of
reporting that women feel comfortable with so they are not frightened in coming
forward. Wants to make Deputy PCC role specifically focused on DV & VAWG.
Female suspects require dignity.

Gloucestershire Constabulary 
Recommendation: Adrian Stratton. Independent. @AdrianGlos

NB Adrian has the unique distinction of being the recommended candidate for Glos but also featuring on our list of most strange and unusual comments .

Gwent
No recommendation.

Hampshire Constabulary 
Donna Jones, Conservative – committed to recording sex accurately.

Hertfordshire Constabulary 
No recommendation.

Humberside Police 
No recommendation. Both Keith Hunter, Labour and Bob Morgan, Independent, replied evasively. Morgan refers to males who suffer dv and sexual violence.

Kent Police 
No recommendation.
Lola Oyewusi, Labour @CllrLolaOyewusi, said: Generally the case that only female
officers search females. In relation to victims of crime it is not always feasible that
you can have the police officer of your own gender taking your statement. However,
she did not answer the question on Biological Sex.

Lancashire Constabulary 
No responses.

Leicestershire Police 

Recommendation: Ross Wilmot, Labour. @CllrRedRoss

Lincolnshire Police 
No recommendation

Merseyside Police 
Recommendation: Bob Teesdale, Conservative.
(NB. Needs some work – whilst against self-ID he’s too bound by ideas of
operational independence)


Norfolk Constabulary 
Recommendations: John Crofts, Lib Dem

Michael Rosen, Labour. @mrpcc2021


Close runner up Giles Orpen-Smellie, Conservative.
He said: ‘Thank you for this thought-provoking email…in broad terms I agree with
what you say but some of this might fall into the Chief Constable’s area of
responsibility and some of this raises questions of resources’. Suggests meeting the
letter writer to prepare his case for the CC.

North Wales
No responses.

North Yorkshire Police 
No responses.

Northamptonshire Police 
No responses.

Northumbria Police 
Recommendations:
Duncan Carlyle Crute, Conservative. @Duncan4PCC
Julian Richard Kilburn, Independent. @JulianKilburn

Nottinghamshire Police 
No recommendation

South Wales
No replies.


South Yorkshire Police 
Recommendation: Alan Billings, Labour
(NB. Needs some work as did not answer question on offence recording.)

Staffordshire Police 
Recommendations: Tony Kearon, Labour. @CllrTonyK

Ben Adams, Conservative @BenAdamss4Staffs

Suffolk Constabulary
Recommendations:
Elizabeth Patricia Hughes, Labour
Andrew Patmore, Green

Surrey Police
Recommendation: Lisa Townsend, Conservative. @_Lisa_Townsend

Sussex Police
Recommendation: Roy Thomas Williams, Independent.

Thames Valley Police
Recommendation: Alan Robinson, Independent. @Policeless6
NB. Alan Robinson wants to remove Stonewall’s influence.
NB: Laetisia Carter, Labour @laetisiacarter engaged eventually but ambivalent about
sex/gender distinction though implied she may support recording by each separately.
VAWG is a priority. Has potential and wants to meet.

Warwickshire Police
Recommendations: Ben Twomey, Labour. @BenTwomeyUK

Henry Lu, Reform Party.

West Mercia Police
Recommendation: Peter Jewell, Reform UK.

West Yorkshire (Mayor, not PCC)
Recommendation: Therese Hirst, English Democrats. @ThereseHirst

West Midlands Police 
Recommendation: Jools Hambleton, Independent. @votejulie2021

Wiltshire Police
Recommendations:
Brig Oubridge, Green Party
Liz Webster, Liberal Democrat @LizWebsterLD who engaged well and finally agreed that sex matters

Police and Crime Commissioners: If you don’t respect my Sex, don’t expect my X

Police and Crime Commissioner elections are coming up. Do you know what your local candidates stand for? Do they, for instance, know the difference between a man and a woman?

You can find who your local PCC is here: https://apccs.police.uk/find-your-pcc/

Kick up a fuss on social media using the hashtag #AskYourPCC

Here is a letter that you can send to them:

Dear Sir/ Madam,

Subject: Misogyny is not Gender Neutral – Open Letter to PCC’s

I understand you are standing for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner for our County in the local elections taking place next month on May 6th, 2021.

I would like to ask about your commitment to supporting victims of crime, in particular female victims of crime in the wake of Sarah Everard’s tragic murder, and what plans you have for providing specialist services for female victims of hate crime, sexual violence and domestic violence.

A recent decision was passed in the House of Lords stating that police forces in England and Wales are set to record misogyny as a hate crime on an experimental basis from this autumn.

Speaking in the House of Lords, Home Office Minister Baroness Williams said “On an experimental basis we will ask police forces to record and identify any crimes of violence against the person including stalking and harassment, and sexual offences where the victim perceives it to have been motivated by a hostility based on their sex”.

https://hansard.parliament.uk/lords/2021-03-17/debates/8FC29754-12FB-4EEC-BC70-678CA00B9DD3/DomesticAbuseBill#contribution-DA97A47D-E08A-4B85-A168-2D9FEB22EDBA

This is a welcome development to me, given the significant physical and emotional effect misogyny has on victims and to society. I believe reporting specific incidents on biological SEX, will allow the Constabulary to be able to deliver an enhanced level of service to support FEMALE victims & reduce Sex hate incidents and misogyny across the country.

I understand each force is free to record crimes for their own purposes of record-keeping by whatever Protected Characteristic they see fit. However, given Sarah was tragically murdered on the basis of her Female Sex, not Gender, I hope you will not be following in Derbyshire Constabulary’s footsteps, who have announced that as of Monday 5 April 2021, the force will be including “gender hate” under its definition of hate incidents and crime in Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Police categorise gender hate as: “A crime or any non-crime incident, which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s gender or perceived gender.”

I find this categorisation bizarre, given “Gender Hate” is already covered under “Gender Reassignment” as a protected characteristic in the 2010 Equality Act, and monitored as one of the five strands of Hate Crime under Transgender Identity.

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2003/44/section/146

There is no current “Sex Hate” provision, even though Women are regularly the target of offending behaviour based on hostility towards their sex. In my opinion, there needs to be a better understanding of the intersection between instances of hatred directed against people with different characteristics, or we risk making a failure of the mission to understand and tackle Misogyny, which is different from Transphobia. Infact, the Office for Statistics Regulation recently emphasised the need for clarity about definitions and gave the example of criminal justice statistics as a place where recording of sex has become muddled by the undefined introduction of “gender”.

Draft Guidance: Collecting and reporting data about sex in official statistics

It is now well-established that women in public life face much higher levels of online abuse than men, with consequences for their participation. Three quarters (71%) of British women have taken action to guard against the threat of harassment: this rises to 88% for 18-24 year olds. Femicide Census estimates that on average a woman is killed by a man every 3 days. https://www.femicidecensus.org/

Subsuming the Characteristic of Sex under “Gender” would not only mean inconsistencies with the characteristics in the 2010 Equality Act, it also means we would continue to have no statistics on offences motivated by prejudice based on biological sex on its own, or how this intersects with other characteristics.

Defining misogyny by “Sex” is not only grammatically and linguistically accurate, it would mean that public information campaigns and local initiatives can, at last, start to send the message that hatred based on prejudice against Women is as unacceptable as other forms, and statistics can be collected. It would also make tracking crimes against women and their children easier and enhance the ability to run, commission and protect female only services for survivors of domestic abuse.

We need to make talking about male violence easier, not harder. What use is a definition of “misogyny” which doesn’t mention women? The law and the police under your command can only protect Women properly if they identify female victims correctly (i.e. biological sex). By recording these incidents ACCURATELY, it will assist (insert name of police force) in analysing and identifying threats and trends, and can aid you in properly protecting vulnerable female victims.

Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you, and perhaps meeting you, regarding your plans about implementing best practice ways to tackle misogyny, including:

  • Comprehensive SEX hate training sessions for officers in the constabulary.
  • Ensuring accurate and consistent reporting on Sex hate offences, (offences are recorded by biological sex and not gender identity), takes place.

Kind regards,

Artless Feckleblossom

Census 2021: Call for ONS “Lessons Learned” Review

Dear Rt. Hon. Michael Gove,

I write to you in your role as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office with oversight of constitutional policy and enhancement, and leading cross government and public sector transformation and efficiency. In these specific responsibilities you are supported by Chloe Smith (Cabinet Minister for the Constitution and Devolution) amongst whose responsibilities include defending our democracy, and the Cabinet Minister of State for Efficiency and Transformation, Lord Agnew of Oulton, whom I have also copied into this email.

As we approach Census Day 2021, I am seriously concerned at what appears to me, profoundly undemocratic and troubling activities of an ideologically captured Office of National Statistics (ONS) which have undermined public confidence in the ONS expertise as our National “gold standard” data collation and dissemination agency, and culminated in a High Court challenge and win against the Office for National Statistics this week, at a cost of hundreds of thousands of pounds to the taxpayer.

The Census is one of the most important sources of official statistics and Biological Sex is well understood to be one of the most important variables for the purposes of policy, planning and medical and academic research. This is because Sex is an important predictor of outcomes across all areas of life, including education, wages, crime, and physical & mental health. Since 1801, the answer to the census question: “what is your sex?” has concerned a person’s biological reality with the option of one or two answers: male or female. And yet the ONS managed to find itself in court, arguing that Sex is an “umbrella term”, which includes “lived experience” and “self-identity”. Needless to say, this declaration was met with consternation by data-users, academics who do statistical research, and women’s rights campaigners, who have been warning the ONS of the dire impact of such an unjustifiable decision and even wrote an open letter to the Times newspaper highlighting their concerns in December 2019. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/census-fears-over-gender-identity-rmx0gmzxq

They warned that allowing people to answer the sex question on the census in line with their subjective gender identity, would have serious repercussions for the future of social science and for the fight to ensure equality for women, who currently amount to more than half the population in this country, and as the recent Pandemic has highlighted, continue to be overlooked in design and implemented schemes to protect jobs, due to a lack of equality analyses, which has failed to take into account the specific and well-understood

labour market and caring inequalities faced by women. https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/jul/24/uk-working-mothers-are-sacrifical-lambs-in-coronavirus-childcare-crisis

Throughout 2020, data experts and even the ONS own regulators, including the Office for Statistics Regulation and the ONS Methodological Assurance Review Panel expressed reservations about the lack of engagement with “topic and method experts” https://mbmpolicy.files.wordpress.com/2020/11/letter-from-sir-bernard-silverman-to-sir-ian-diamond.pdf and encouraged the ONS to “address outstanding concerns raised by users within its further question testing and research on the guidance on the sex question. ONS should share the outcomes of this research in a transparent and open way”. https://osr.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Ed_Humperson_to_Iain_Bell.pdf

All were ignored and the ONS continued to charter a path on data collection that prioritised stakeholders representing a particular political perspective on gender identity, rather than having been selected for their expertise on data collection and analysis. https://fairplayforwomen.com/whos-behind-the-government-losing-sight-of-reality

In February 2021, the ONS regulator Office for Statistics Regulation emphasised the need for clarity about definitions and gave the example of criminal justice statistics as a place where recording of sex has become muddled by the undefined introduction of “gender”. https://osr.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/publication/draft-guidance-collecting-and-reporting-data-about-sex-in-official-statistics

Still the ONS persisted, and in response to further scrutiny and the potential of legal challenge from the Women’s Group, Fair Play for Women, with no official announcement, the ONS made the census live, so people could start filling it in. The ONS pushed through a policy, regardless of expert opposition or the law, and now insisted it was too late for a legal challenge.

Although the ONS withdrew last week from the legal proceedings, conceding that the meaning of sex in the Census should mean sex as recognised by the law, rather than gender identity, the ONS has now undermined its own credibility as a gold standard for data collection and been forced into an embarrassing and expensive climb-down (at taxpayer expense). As well as being in placed in a position where they are perceived to mis-state the law (the EQA 2010 lists Sex as a protected characteristic and a male or female of any age), commit or condone criminal offences by encouraging falsified input of data, and placing vulnerable adults at risk of harm, because of inadequate service provision due to a miscalculation of ONS provided data.

The ONS actions, and defiance of the Census (England and Wales) Order 2020, which says they must collect data on “Date of birth and sex” amongst others, is shocking, and I echo the call made by Janice Turner in yesterday’s Times for a public inquiry into the alarming policy capture of our public institutions by lobby groups. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-guardians-of-facts-surrender-to-ideology-9vzdp3s3v

Our Public Bodies are ultimately answerable to Parliament, and shouldn’t be enacting their own novel version of statute, contrary to the intent of our Lawmakers, who had no intention of using either the EQA or the 2020 Census Act as an ontological redefinition of biological sex.

I appreciate a public inquiry as called for by the Organisation Sex Matters may take some time to arrange, given we are in the middle of a global pandemic, however, in the immediate absence of that wider public inquiry, (https://sex-matters.org/take-action/sign-our-letter/) I ask that a “Lessons Learned” Review, similar to the one ordered by the Home Secretary, Priti Patel (after the troubling policing of Women last week in Clapham Common during the vigil for Sarah Everard), be conducted. It is my understanding that HMIC, the policing watchdog that independently assesses the effectiveness and efficiency of police forces is conducting this inquiry and the report is due within a fortnight. I see no reason why such an effort cannot be duplicated by the Office for Statistics Regulation (ORS) who regulate the ONS, to conduct a ‘lessons learned’ review into how Sir Ian Diamond & the rest of the senior leadership at the ONS became so ideologically captured.

The “lessons learned” review can find out:

· WHY Ian Diamond & ONS Senior leadership were so willing to corrupt data on biological sex, a key demographic variable & waste hundreds of thousands of taxpayer money to placate Stonewall.

· HOW did Sir Ian Diamond & ONS Senior leadership become so eager to prioritise Gender Validation OVER the Office for National Statistics’ core mission of robust data collation & dissemination?

· WHY did Sir Ian Diamond & ONS Senior leadership team dismiss the advice of their own regulator, The Office for Statistics Regulation, which recently emphasised the need for clarity regarding the definition of Sex?

· WHY did Sir Ian Diamond & ONS Senior leadership team dismiss the advice of Sir Bernard Silverman, Chair of Methodological Assurance Review Panel, UK Statistics Agency, who felt moved to remind the ONS in October 2020, of the emphasis The Code of Practice (https://code.statisticsauthority.gov.uk) places on strong requirements for the views of groups in all these categories (stakeholders, users, and topic and methods experts) to be understood and addressed.

· Did Ian Diamond & ONS Senior leadership team VIOLATE paragraph Q2.2 of The Code of Practice for Statistics by failing to have due regard for the procedural standards set out in the code of practice for engagement with stakeholders?

· Why did Ian Diamond & ONS Senior leadership team not recognise the 2021 Census risks being taken with data quality, due to the methodological weakness their initial guidance on the Sex Question introduced?

· Could they have recognised these risks earlier if they’d paid more attention to the concerns raised by 80 academics, experts on data collection and analysis in December 2019, as opposed to lobby groups who represented a particular political perspective on gender identity?

· What assurance can the ONS give now to their regulator (OSR) on the trustworthiness, quality and value of their data on the Sex question, given what seems a deliberate ploy to make the Census live a month ahead of time in response to FPFW initial request for ONS guidance to follow the law?

· WHY did the ONS facilitate an environment whereby Data Experts and Academics were subject to campaigns of vexatious complaints, no-platforming, and even threats of violence simply for asserting the reality and social salience of sex, which is a variable of critical importance in practically all applied uses for census data and is a protected characteristic under the 2010 Equality Act? https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/stonewalls-new-boss-nancy-kelley-let-census-expert-be-no-platformed-ljsnw6v3r

When you have Ministers & Public Institutions who are meant to uphold and enforce the law, misrepresent and mischaracterise the law, you undermine the law and create a dangerous state of affairs where other sectors and eventually, the public, too, has contempt for the law.

It now appears several Trans influencers rushed to fill in the Sex question incorrectly with their lived sex, not biological or legal sex as the corrected guidance, and the 2020 Census Act, requires, and advised their Trans followers to do the same? Transgender charities also appear to be advising people to “ignore” the High Court ruling that sex must not be self-identified on the 2021 Census? E.g. Mermaids, a charity which supports transgender children, said in a blogpost: “It is not mandatory to read the ONS guidance before completing the census. Individuals must answer to the best of their knowledge and belief. “You should not feel pressured to give an answer that you know to be false.” https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/03/19/ignore-high-court-filling-census-transgender-charities-imply/

It is my belief that the ONS and its senior leadership have acted in severe breach of the Nolan Principles, as well as serving as the antithesis to the Code of Practice for Statistics. I therefore call on either yourself, or Lord Agnew in his capacity as Cabinet Minister of State for Efficiency & Transformation, with responsibility for PUBLIC VALUE, PLANNING and PERFORMANCE, as well as delivering cross-government efficiency and public sector transformation improvements, to give this matter your utmost attention, so as to restore public trust in Public Institutions that present evidence; the processes by which data is analysed; and the impartiality of the rule of law for all UK citizens. An open letter to trustees and chief executives: you’re being taken for a ride:

https://fairplayforwomen.com/open-letter-to-trustees-and-chief-executives-youre-being-taken-for-a-ride/

I look forward to your response on this matter of policy capture and its impact on UK democracy, at the earliest opportunity. What the public needs to see is more robust data that can give medical researchers, publishers & policy makers confidence in ONS Statistics.

Yours Sincerely,

Artless Feckleblossom

@MsGiveZeroFox

Sent to:

psmichaelgove@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

pslordagnew@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

publiccorrespondence@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

GRARG Going forward. MEETING 18th MARCH 2021 8pm

Zoom link for meeting

We need to make sure we are complimenting and not duplicating the work of other groups which are challenging the harmful conflation of ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ in official policies, advice and legistation. 

This may cause some tension when contacting other groups, as the fundamental founding principle of GRARG is that we work entirely openly, to show that there is nothing illicit or shameful about discussing issues around reform or repeal to the Gender Recognition Act – this is protected political speech. But we appreciate that many other groups and individuals may have strong reasons for anonymity given the sadly real and serious  consequences that can flow from expressing public opinions in this area. This may limit the extent to which GRARG can work with others. 

However, GRARG does need a focus for its continued existence. The overarching aim is to end the conflation between ‘sex’ and’gender’ which is so clearly damaging in the Gender Recognition Act. We need to identify specific proposals for projects which support this over arching aim, but which are measurable and achievable and thus enable people to feel involved, interested and productive. 

We have done some work in attempting to identify which Members of Parliament are educated about the seriousness of the conflation between sex and gender and how we can reach those MPs who are ‘unsure’ or confused. 

We will contact @labwomendec, @CforWomenUK and  @LibVoice4Women to make sure we not duplicating any of their proposals and will offer what help we can. 

We need to make meetings more focused; one hour maximum with 40 minutes on policy development and action, 20 minutes for general ranting and letting off steam. 

Agenda items for 19th March

What’s been the follow up on Penny Mordaunt? Should we write more letters? Who to? Those who.’ve had a response. What did it say? 

Conversion Therapy? What can we do at grass roots level? Beyond writing to MP’s. Those who have issues reaching MP’s. What tips can we share about forcing engagement? We know C for Women wrote a complaint letter to BBC. Should we become more aggressive with the press, i.e., writing complaints letters where their headlines are incorrect, articles misleading, not providing enough balance, misleading the public, conflating gender & sex jargon, which prevents public awareness engagement with the policy capture issues? 

Shelters- With local elections coming up, we really have a chance to put some pressure on councillors & find out their positions on this. Don’t forget, a lot of politics is conducted at the local level. 

Ian Diamond & ONS – Seeking accountability. Who’s in charge of ONS? What steps are being taken to ensure ONS does it job & this won’t happen again. They gave out the right guidance in the end, but it should never have got to this point. And their tacit encouragement as a public institution, has only encouraged & emboldened the often illegal manoeuvres of the TRA camp.

Meeting of GRARG 21st January 2021

Next meeting: FEBRUARY 18th 2021 Time 8pm

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86798717951?pwd=d2kzbnRUZGo1YitKRjJheDFjMy9KQT09

AGENDA

Set short and medium term strategy

Report on progress at next meeting.

End the conflation of ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ in legal/policy/organisation’s documents. If this conflation can be removed, much of the difficulties with the current GRA will go.

Members to examine submissions to the recent WEC consultation to identify organisations that support this conflation/self ID and then write to them to ask to what extent women were consulted. SP awaiting response from NatWest, Artless will tackle Barnardos. SP letter to Natwest is here. Please share via Slack gcritical.slack.com if you have identified someone you wish to contact. Project deadline: End March 2021.

New group involving LibDem women being set up – will be interesting to hear of progress!

Consider how to contact the ‘unsure’ MPs on the spreadsheet – we will need to identify constituents. Write to them asking for clear statement of intent with regard to self identification and conflation of sex and gender.

Contact other groups to share this strategy – so we don’t duplicate efforts

SP to contact @SexMattersOrg and @RepealTheGRA

Every one to respond to consultations

See Slack channel for more discussion

And sign the Women’s Declaration on Sex Based Rights

Consultations

Standards Matter consultation
Closes 29th January 2021 at 5pm

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/standards-matter-2-public-consultation-and-public-sector-survey

Toilet Provision for Men and Women: Call for Evidence
Closes 29th January 2021 at 11.45pm

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/toilet-provision-for-men-and-women-call-for-evidence

How Can We Put Equalities At The Heart of Government

Closes 17th February 2021 no time given
Warning; our moles tell us this may be a way to undermine and attack Liz Truss

https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/328/women-and-equalities-committee/news/138432/how-can-we-put-equalities-at-the-heart-of-government/

Violence Against Women and Girls: Call for Evidence
Closes 19th February 2021 at 11.45pm

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/violence-against-women-and-girls-vawg-call-for-evidence

Keeping Children Safe in Education

Closes 4th March 2021, no time given.

https://consult.education.gov.uk/safeguarding-in-schools-team/keeping-children-safe-in-education-schools-and-col/?fbclid=IwAR3kv11k6zcDpryWrPyIDy3WcIHQ6ivMDhJYpU9-GMqBiJ0bGvsR7SOuZ70

The Role of the GEO: embedding equalities across government
17th February 2021, no time given.
https://committees.parliament.uk/work/947/the-role-of-the-geo-embedding-equalities-across-government/

A letter to Ms Alison Rose, CEO of the NatWest Group

Dear Ms Rose

I write to you as CEO of the NatWest Group to express a number of concerns arising out of NatWest’s response to the Women and Equalities Committee on 26th November 2020. This letter is signed by a number of others, some of whom are customers of NatWest and who have indicated this status by the letter ‘C’ next to their name.

The response said this:

NatWest Group supports a review of the identity rules in the UK to reflect the needs and rights of trans and non-binary people. … Society is a diverse place with many kinds of people who are all unique. Making it easier for people wishing to change their gender status would help to safeguard the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of trans people, and continue the journey towards social and legal equality…. NatWest Group believes that no individual should be placed under any additional burden, be it emotional, physical or financial, to be able to be who they are. .. We support the adoption of a self-declaration system for legal gender recognition in the UK. We have already adopted this process in the workplace to ensure that colleagues can bring their whole selves to work every day, free of judgement, as part of our goal of ensuring all our staff are comfortable in their surroundings. We also extend the same levels of support to our trans and non-binary customers, enabling customers to self-declare gender changes with no requirement for additional evidence.

This raised immediate concerns given the significant risks that ‘Self ID’ will impact negatively upon the safety and dignity of women, as between 80-90% of self declared transwomen make no modification to their bodies by either way of medication or surgery.

To be fair, the response does go on to say that changes to the GRA require further clarification to ensure ‘equal’ protection of all protected characteristics:

… we would ask the inquiry to consider how these changes could be balanced against the need to protect the rights of others. We believe it remains essential that all the protected characteristics remain equally protected as enshrined in the UK Equality Act, 2010…. NatWest Group believe that further clarification and/or guidance would be helpful to employers and to ensure that employees and service users are aware of their rights. 

However, it is difficult to see how ‘all’ protected characteristics can be ‘equally protected’ if you have already instituted ‘self ID’ in the workplace, or among your customers. Quite apart from any issues of increasing exposure to fraud and ID theft, this permits any man to claim he is a woman on his assertion alone. I can see no reference in this response to the nature or degree of consultation, if any, that was carried out with your female employees or your female customers about the impact of this policy on their ability to ‘bring their whole selves to work’ or be confident that their ‘physical, mental and emotional wellbeing’ is protected whilst on your premises.

This is particularly concerning when I look at your ‘gender balance’ policy, which is committed to ensure ‘at least 30% women in our top three leadership layers (c.4,000 roles) in each of our businesses by the end of 2020 and achieve a full gender balance across the bank by 2030.’ What definition of ‘woman’ will you be using to secure this aim? Presumably none whatsoever, as you have already adopted and implemented ‘self ID’ throughout NatWest.

I raised my concerns initially with the Twitter account @NatWest_Help on January 13th 2021 which invited comment via Direct Message. I said:

Dear NatWest. I have been a customer of yours for over 30 years. But given the astonishing content of your recent submission to the WEC about your support for the rights of men to become women on their declaration alone, I will now have to reconsider this position as a matter of urgency. I am particularly worried by the fact your submission could not even bring itself to use the word ‘sex’ or recognise the importance of retaining single sex spaces for the dignity and safety of women and girls. I do not understand why you feel it appropriate or necessary to join the debate in this way.

I received a response from ‘Barry’ later that day.

Hello Sarah. We’ve provided input into a consultation on legislation that is currently under review. In doing so, we consulted with our LGBT+ colleagues and took account of our shared value of supporting individuals to bring the best of themselves to work, a privilege often not afforded to Trans* individuals. As an entity, NatWest Group is comfortable to contribute to the consultation, recognising that it is in line with our inclusion principles, one of which is that we do not support views that undermine protected characteristics and/or minority and under-represented groups. It is true that – with inclusion – we cannot always share the same views as each other, but as an organisation, we are comfortable to support our Trans* colleagues and customers this way. ^Barry

I replied:

I would be grateful if you could explain the extent of the impact assessment you conducted with regard to the consequences for women in your organisation, and also women who are your customers. Which women did you consult? To what extent did you satisfy yourselves that support for Self ID would not undermine the protected category of sex and the safety and dignity of women?

At the time of writing I have had no response to these questions. Such is the serious nature of my concern that I write to you now.

I have been a long standing customer of NatWest. I do not relish the prospect of moving my accounts and mortgage product to another provider. However, I am very concerned by what I have read and the nature of the responses. I would like to be reassured as to the nature and degree of the consultation carried out with women in to inform the implementation of this policy of ‘Self ID’ and some understanding as to how you intend to mitigate the obvious and serious impact this will have on women who are either employed by or customers of the NatWest Group.

I would be grateful for a response by February 15th 2021.

SIGNATORIES

  1. Jackie Bale [C]
  2. Dr Carly Brooks
  3. Campbell Burden
  4. Tanya Carter
  5. Jason Clark
  6. Diana Clough
  7. Elaine Coates
  8. Margaret Court
  9. Lawrence Cox
  10. Diane Dear
  11. Emma Dear {C]
  12. Martin Dear
  13. Catherine Edgar [C]
  14. Jessica Evans
  15. Alix Goldring
  16. David Gourley
  17. Jennifer Gourley
  18. Donna Hughes
  19. John Irwin
  20. Sarah Johnson
  21. The Lesbian Rights Alliance.
  22. John A.P. Moir [C]
  23. C. Moravec [C]
  24. Louise Paine on behalf of LAWS (Let A Woman Speak)
  25. Liz Pitt
  26. Sarah Phillimore [C]
  27. Beth Miller
  28. C.L. Mulholland
  29. Joanne Rogers [C]
  30. Lisa Route [C]
  31. Alison Simmons
  32. Carla Thompson
  33. Georgia Thompson
  34. Charlotte Wells
  35. Una-Jane Winfield on behalf of Transwidows.com
  36. Tracy Woodley
  37. Colonel (Retired) S.A. Winkworth CMgs FCMI FInstRE [C]
  38. Mina Znaidi