Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today expressed concern that plans for a second consultation on reform of the Gender Recognition Act will lead to no legislation being passed in the current parliament.
Mr Cole-Hamilton said:
“The Liberal Democrats asked for reform of the GRA in the last parliament because it was harming trans people then just as it is harming them now.
“Now it seems unlikely that legislation will pass before the next Scottish parliament election. For every month this debate does not take place in this chamber it takes place outside and is subject to hyperbole and misinformation.
“If a draft bill will be ready later this year, the Scottish Government should run this second public consultation concurrently with the stage one process to give us a fighting chance of delivering reform in this parliament.”