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  • Political Careers of NUS Presidents, 1969-present – Complicity
    Ilford North it s time to update my list of political platforms NUS presidents stood on and the posts they have gone on to hold Candidates prior to 1969 did not appear to stand as part of a formal organised grouping and none I can find had any further political career Name Years Party Platform at time of election Subsequent political activity Jack Straw 1969 71 Radical Student Alliance Labour MP Shadow Cabinet member former Labour Foreign and Home Secretary Digby Jacks 1971 73 Broad Left Communist Party of Great Britain Former Labour councillor in the London Borough of Hounslow John Randall 1973 75 Independent No connection to the Conservative MP of the same name appears to have had an entirely non political career since Charles Clarke 1975 77 Broad Left Labour Students Former Labour MP and Home Secretary Sue Slipman 1977 78 Broad Left Communist Party of Great Britain Joined the SDP and stood for parliament but did not join the Liberal Democrats post merger Trevor Phillips 1978 80 Broad Left Non aligned Former Labour member of the London Assembly Blair s preferred Labour candidate for London Mayor in 1999 David Aaronovitch 1980 82 Broad Left Communist Party of Great Britain Non political career became a journalist Neil Stewart 1982 84 Labour Non political career as far as can be established Phil Woolas 1984 86 Labour Former Labour MP and Immigration Minister Vicky Philips 1986 88 Labour Non political career became a lawyer Maeve Sherlock 1988 90 Labour Labour member of House of Lords Special advisor to then chancellor Gordon Brown Stephen Twigg 1990 92 Labour Labour MP former Minister of State Lorna Fitzsimons 1992 94 Labour Former Labour MP Jim Murphy 1994 96 Labour Labour MP former Cabinet Minister current Shadow Cabinet member Douglas Trainer 1996 98 Labour Special adviser for the Labour Scottish Executive 2006 07 Andrew Pakes 1998 00 Labour Former Labour Councillor and special advisor to Labour Deputy Mayor of London Labour parliamentary candidate in 2010 Owain James 2000 02 Independent Former Labour party employee Mandy Telford 2002 04 Labour Former Special Adviser to Labour MP Tessa Jowell married to Labour MP John Woodcock Kat Fletcher 2004 06 Campaign for Free Education Independent Labour candidate in 2013 by election for Islington Council Gemma Tumelty 2006 08 Independent Labour Party employee stood for selection as Labour parliamentary candidate Wes Streeting 2008 10 Labour Labour Prospective parliamentary candidate in Ilford North Aaron Porter 2010 11 Independent Labour party member and contributed to the book What Next for Labour Ideas for a new generation Liam Burns 2011 13 Independent Labour party member Toni Pearce Current Independent Joined Labour only after being elected Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window More Click to share on Reddit Opens in new

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  • Cambridge City Council and Transgender Equality – Complicity
    13 January 2011 20 December 2010 14 November 2010 17 October 2010 21 September 2010 11 August 2010 9 July 2010 7 June 2010 4 May 2010 3 March 2009 2 December 2008 1 November 2008 3 October 2008 4 July 2008 1 Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email Join 36 other subscribers Email Address Zoe s Feeds Cambridge City Council and Transgender Equality 12 October 2010 by Zoe O Connell 3 Comments Good news Cambridge City Council have voted on and approved a revised equalities policy saying that they will not use the various bad exemptions in the Equalities Act relating to those undergoing gender reassignment I was there for the discussion last night but Sarah asked me not to talk about it until the press release went out today For those who don t know Cambridge had the first Trans mayor in the UK Second worldwide I think a few years ago and has had at least three Trans Councillors that I know of I think it is proboably one of if not the most progressive city in the UK in terms of Trans equality Hopefully this will set an example that others can follow The full press release is below I think it speaks for itself Updated Sarah has also written in her own blog about this and goes into a little more detail COUNCILLOR S VICTORY FOR TRANSGENDER EQUALITY Cambridge City Councillor Sarah Brown has scored a significant victory for the city s transgender group and given the council a leading edge in the battle for equality She called on the council to exceed the requirements of the Equality Act by making sure that workers applying for gender appropriate positions with the council and people using single sex facilities provided by the council were not discriminated against The 2010 Act allows discrimination against transgender people in these two areas A LGBT activitist Cllr Brown raised the issue at the council s Strategy and Resources Scrutiny Committee last night Monday October 11 and was successful in changing the council s Equalities Policy She told members she was not challenging the terms of the Act but simply asking to exceed its minimum requirements as an example of best practice She said I wanted Cambridge City Council to maintain its reputation as being in the vanguard of LGBT best practice in exceeding the requirements of this Act in this area It has been generally agreed throughout the transgender community that these sections of the act were unjust The city council should be aiming to do better than the minimum standard that the Act allows I am delighted that the committee gave me its backing It is crucial that transgender workers are not treated differently from other workers and not discriminated against in any way This should prove very reassuring to the transgender community and reinforce the council s reputation as leading best practice

    Original URL path: https://www.complicity.co.uk/blog/2010/10/cambridge-city-council-transgender-equality/ (2016-02-16)
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  • An overlooked negative consequence of AV? – Complicity
    vote is the BNP who would otherwise vote Tory might not list a second choice just because the Conservatives put up a candidate who is only second third generation British I would imagine the situation improves dramatically with STV however with bigger constituencies there will be more members of a given group and thus it s easier for a candidate supported by a marginalised group to get the necessary votes to gain a seat I doubt we ll see this mentioned by the No camp because they mostly seem to be old school and unlikely to be in with equality but I d appreciate knowing what others think about this Is consideration of second and third choice votes likely to affect how panels choose candidates in 2015 2020 and beyond Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to email this to a friend Opens in new window More Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pocket Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window No related posts Post navigation Previous Previous post Now it s BT censoring your internet Next Next post More transphobic reporting and court failure 3 comments Ben Donnelly says 13 January 2011 at 15 02 I m not sure there s much of a difference between FPTP and AV when it comes to such prejudice Let s say a particular voter with racist views would vote BNP 1st and Tory 2nd but if the Tory Candidate happens to be black they d just vote BNP 1st and leave the rest of an AV ballot blank That same voter under FPTP would vote BNP and they would have exactly the same influence on the election Or if the Tory candidate met the racist voter s ethnic requirements it would be an AV ballot of BNP 1st Tory 2nd or an FPTP Ballot of either a BNP vote no influence on the result or a tactical Tory vote same outcome as with AV I fail to see how this is a negative side effect of AV It s simply an objectionable aspect of some people s views and I don t believe the voting system used has any bearing on it The key thing to remember is regardless of the voting system voters have preferences FPTP forces voters to declare just one preference but it isn t necessarily the 1st choice that they declare The often choose to go with any choice as far down as their 2nd least favourite whichever might be most capable of keeping out the disliked candidate Such a choice is just as susceptible to prejudiced views as an AV vote where all preferences are included Possibly

    Original URL path: https://www.complicity.co.uk/blog/2011/01/an-overlooked-negative-consequence-of-av/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Ken Livingstone: When the Trans community has friends like these… – Complicity
    11 August 2010 9 July 2010 7 June 2010 4 May 2010 3 March 2009 2 December 2008 1 November 2008 3 October 2008 4 July 2008 1 Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email Join 36 other subscribers Email Address Zoe s Feeds Ken Livingstone When the Trans community has friends like these 13 March 2012 by Zoe O Connell 2 Comments Ken Livingstone mayoral candidate for London has just developed some policies for the Trans community as part of his manifesto Now I like Ken If I lived in London he d probably get my number 2 preference behind Brian Paddick After all when the alternative is Boris I probably don t need to say much more But it s pretty clear he has absolutely no clue on what issues face the Trans community Here s the very first entry Most importantly it will try to mitigate the worst effects of the government s disastrous NHS privatization Local commissioning makes the postcode lottery much worse hitting trans people hard What This is flat out wrong At best it s misinformed at worst it s blatant scaremongering The Health and Social Care Bill actually nationalises commissioning policy for Trans healthcare Given the awful attitude of many doctors this is viewed by the vast majority of Trans campaigners involved in healthcare as a good thing It will end our constant game of wack a mole with PCTs implementing policy that is often as not unlawful I doubt that anyone outside of the Tory party thinks every line of the bill is great but for the Trans community the shift in commissioning policy is a positive thing The rest of what s quoted is pretty weak Sorting out housing and employment discrimination improving diversity training The generic hand waving sort of thing you expect from any politician interested in equalities in a sort of passing manner Nothing specific beyond a mention of the Trans Day of Remembrance I do hope that the final version is a little more robust on issues Specific consideration of the situation that lead to Toiletgate in 2008 beyond just training would be nice Backing the Equal Marriage Campaign Not just the watered down Gay Marriage version And ensuring that London as an employer and service provided doesn t use some of the get out clauses in the Equality Act 2010 something we ve done in Cambridge I m pretty livid at Ken for this because it s appropriating a marginalised group s issues a group I m a member of to push a partisan point In doing so he s screwing over that group Labour tried the same with a ploy to keep ID card just for Trans people after the election and we killed that one dead too with the help of Julian Huppert MP The Liberal Conspiracy piece ends The experience has shown me that Ken Livingstone is genuine

    Original URL path: https://www.complicity.co.uk/blog/2012/03/ken-livingstone-trans-friends-like-these/ (2016-02-16)
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  • Openly trans politicians standing for (re)election on 22nd May – Complicity
    Join 36 other subscribers Email Address Zoe s Feeds Openly trans politicians standing for re election on 22nd May 28 April 2014 by Zoe O Connell 8 Comments Trans involvement in mainstream politics has been on the rise in recent years and 22nd May 2014 appears to be setting a record for the number of out full time trans folk standing for election at borough council level or above there will be six seven eight people appearing on the ballot next month The list of names I know of is as follows Updated 6th May to add Anna May Booth and Charlie Kiss Anna May Booth Labour Candidate Trafford Council Davyhulme East Ward Existing Conservative councillor is also standing for reelection Sarah Brown Liberal Democrat Cambridge City Councillor Petersfield Ward restanding also a simultaneous by election Zoe Kirk Robinson Conservative Candidate Bolton Council Tonge with the Haulgh Ward Existing Labour councillor is also standing for reelection Charlie Kiss Green Party Candidate Islington Council Highbury East All up elections in London currently all 3 councillors are Liberal Democrat Anwen Musten Labour Candidate Wolverhampton City Council Penn Ward Existing Conservative councillor is also standing for reelection Nikki Sinclaire We Demand a Referendum Party Formerly UKIP MEP for the West Midlands restanding Zoe O Connell Liberal Democrat Candidate Cambridge City Council East Chesterton Ward Seat is already Liberal Democrat current councillor is not restanding Updated January 2015 One person who was out at the time of their election was been removed from the list at their request The lack so far of trans men or anyone clearly to the general public non binary on this list is noticeable I hope that within a few years things will have progressed to the point we have a reasonable gender balance of people standing Update The addition of Charlie Kiss to this list means we know of one trans man standing Whilst not exactly balanced this is better than none On the negative side the only currently serving openly trans folk in publicly elected office are Nikki Sinclaire and Sarah Brown and none of these elections are safe don t even bother campaigning seats Unfortunately this means it is entirely possible we could be left with zero trans folk in office by the end of next month I hope that does not happen I am only listing candidates where I have confirmed they are publicly out I am aware there are other trans candidates in elections who are not out Please do not comment with or tweet at me the names of anyone you think is missing from this list unless you know they are OK with being listed or are clearly not stealth E g Twitter account or blog post stating both political candidature and trans identity Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to

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  • Openly trans politicians standing for (re)election on 22nd May – Complicity
    36 other subscribers Email Address Zoe s Feeds Openly trans politicians standing for re election on 22nd May 28 April 2014 by Zoe O Connell 8 Comments Trans involvement in mainstream politics has been on the rise in recent years and 22nd May 2014 appears to be setting a record for the number of out full time trans folk standing for election at borough council level or above there will be six seven eight people appearing on the ballot next month The list of names I know of is as follows Updated 6th May to add Anna May Booth and Charlie Kiss Anna May Booth Labour Candidate Trafford Council Davyhulme East Ward Existing Conservative councillor is also standing for reelection Sarah Brown Liberal Democrat Cambridge City Councillor Petersfield Ward restanding also a simultaneous by election Zoe Kirk Robinson Conservative Candidate Bolton Council Tonge with the Haulgh Ward Existing Labour councillor is also standing for reelection Charlie Kiss Green Party Candidate Islington Council Highbury East All up elections in London currently all 3 councillors are Liberal Democrat Anwen Musten Labour Candidate Wolverhampton City Council Penn Ward Existing Conservative councillor is also standing for reelection Nikki Sinclaire We Demand a Referendum Party Formerly UKIP MEP for the West Midlands restanding Zoe O Connell Liberal Democrat Candidate Cambridge City Council East Chesterton Ward Seat is already Liberal Democrat current councillor is not restanding Updated January 2015 One person who was out at the time of their election was been removed from the list at their request The lack so far of trans men or anyone clearly to the general public non binary on this list is noticeable I hope that within a few years things will have progressed to the point we have a reasonable gender balance of people standing Update The addition of Charlie Kiss to this list means we know of one trans man standing Whilst not exactly balanced this is better than none On the negative side the only currently serving openly trans folk in publicly elected office are Nikki Sinclaire and Sarah Brown and none of these elections are safe don t even bother campaigning seats Unfortunately this means it is entirely possible we could be left with zero trans folk in office by the end of next month I hope that does not happen I am only listing candidates where I have confirmed they are publicly out I am aware there are other trans candidates in elections who are not out Please do not comment with or tweet at me the names of anyone you think is missing from this list unless you know they are OK with being listed or are clearly not stealth E g Twitter account or blog post stating both political candidature and trans identity Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to email

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  • Amendments and Emergency Motions at Conference – Complicity
    we don t have time You can reasonably get one or two amendments in a 45 minute policy motion slot and two or three in a one hour slot Going beyond that leaves no time for actual debate Finally before I list the amendments I should mention that the descriptions given here are my own summaries as unlike with motions no title is submitted by the author F4 Mental Health 11 amendments submitted for a 60 minute slot Accepted for debate F4D Conversion Therapy LGBT Liberal Democrats In reworded form F4F Support for children Young People Liberal Youth Accepted as Drafting Change F4A Local Government inclusion ALDC F4B MH PSHE Support Bassetlaw and Sherwood 28 reps F4G Mental Health First Aid Oxford East Parts only F4H CCG governing body membership South Central Region F4I Mental Health Debt 13 conference reps F4J get into and remain in work 14 conference reps Not taken F4C Multidisciplinary integration co location Hastings and Rye F4E Gender Identity Clinic Funding LGBT Liberal Democrats F6 Stronger Economy Fairer Society Opportunity For All Manifesto Motion 16 amendments submitted for a 100 minute slot Accepted for Debate F6C Independent Living Fund Central Beds 18 conference reps EMLD F6I Limiting reductions in Welfare Budget 4 local parties 57 reps The Mark Pack Amendment F6J Regulating Biometric data gov t databases 10 conference reps Accepted as Drafting Change F6H Working towards Land Value Tax Tatton 26 conference reps F6O Religion Belief Humanist Marriage Caste Discrimination 17 conference reps Parts Only Not taken F6A Fairer Economy Stronger Society Camberwell and Peckham F6B Tackling Discrimination Central Beds 14 conference reps EMLD F6D Youth Development Find Central Beds 18 conference reps F6E Promoting Fair Trade Liverpool F6F Promoting the Living Wage Liverpool F6G Ending taxes on poverty Liverpool F6K Environmentally Sustainable Economy 10 conference reps F6L Mental and Physical Health care accessibility 12 conference reps F6N Legal Aid Court Fees 14 conference reps F6P Religion 19 conference reps Withdrawn F6M Legal Aid Judicial Review Court Fees 14 conference reps F8 Five Green Laws 17 amendments submitted for a 45 minute slot Accepted for Debate F8O Resource Efficiency Zero Waste Britain Act 22 conference reps F8P Energy efficient housing Fuel Poverty 23 conference reps Accepted as Drafting Change F8B Promote Cycling Walking Calderdale 14 reps Slightly shortened F8K Include conserve nature in Nature Act heading 11 conference reps F8M Correction 11 conference reps F8Q Correction Not taken F8A Funding for Local Government ALDC F8C Ending fossil fuel use on railways Calderdale 15 reps F8D Environmental planning building 11 conference reps F8E Detection prosecution of waste crimes 11 conference reps F8F Delete open tendering clause 2a 11 conference reps F8G Delete 10mph clause 3d 11 conference reps F8H Thorium Cycle Reactors 11 conference reps F8I Rewording IV 11 conference reps F8J Rewording 3c 11 conference reps F8L Rewording 4b 11 conference reps F8N Rewording 3i 11 conference reps Request for separate vote on lines 86 88 F11 A Better Deal for Britain s Workforce 5

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  • GMC case against Dr Curtis dismissed – Complicity
    3 March 2009 2 December 2008 1 November 2008 3 October 2008 4 July 2008 1 Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email Join 36 other subscribers Email Address Zoe s Feeds GMC case against Dr Curtis dismissed 26 February 2015 by Zoe O Connell 1 Comment In some welcome news it has been announced today that the General Medical Council GMC have dismissed a long running case against Richard Curtis a London based doctor specialising in trans healthcare The case had been due to be heard next month but the GMC have decided that it does not even warrant a hearing The final case before it was dismissed had been reduced to two allegations failing to follow an older version of the WPATH Standards of Care that was out of date by the time of the complaint and two of providing misleading information when referring for surgery that may have been related to patients giving inaccurate information about when they updated their name This hopefully brings to an end a long running campaign against doctors trying to provide progressive treatment in the best interest of trans people which started with the case against Dr Russell Reid nearly a decade ago Dr Curtis s full statement is below It is with much relief that I announce the conclusion of the GMC investigation which has now been in process for nearly four years In short the GMC have entirely dismissed the case There was no Fitness to Practice hearing and no sanctions The conditions which were imposed over three years ago as it turns out inappropriately will be removed when the process for that to occur is administered by the GMC and should be a formality

    Original URL path: http://www.complicity.co.uk/blog/2015/02/gmc-case-against-dr-curtis-dismissed/ (2016-02-16)
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