Statement From Hastings Borough Council Labour Group

As a Labour council we are committed to tackling inequality and promoting equality and diversity. We passed a motion at full council last year reaffirming our commitment to combat racism and prejudice in all its forms.

We are refreshing our town’s Equality Charter through the Local Strategic Partnership and will be consulting with and inviting community groups, voluntary organisations, businesses, sports clubs, and service providers to sign up to it.

We are proud to support Hastings Pride and are working with Pride again this year to ensure a successful event.

Hastings Labour group supports our party’s national policy and is committed to championing the fight for LGBT+ equality. Locally and nationally we’re proud of our record – Labour abolished Section 28, equalised the age of consent, created civil partnerships, and it was only through Labour votes that equal marriage became law.

However, transgender people continue to face widespread discrimination and there is still a long way to go on issues such as education, equal access to public services, levels of LGBT+ hate crime, and mental and physical well being.

As a party we’re committed to ensuring trans people can live their lives with equality, dignity and respect. We will resist any attempts to roll back hard-won rights and we are committed to reforming the Gender Recognition Act 2004 to introduce self-declaration for trans people.