Kemi Badenoch rules out working with 'very influential' Nigel Farage

Kemi Badenoch rules out working with 'very influential' Nigel Farage
Georgia Pearce

By Georgia Pearce

Published: 03/06/2024

- 10:41

Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch has ruled out working with Nigel Farage in future because of his stated goal of destroying the Conservative Party.

Asked if she could welcome him into the Conservative Party, she told GB News: “Nigel Farage is a very interesting character.

“He has been very influential, of course, but he has stood against the Conservative Party multiple times and he has said that his aim is to destroy the Conservative Party.

“So, why would you welcome someone into your organisation when they say they want to destroy it?

“I will work with anyone who wants to help deliver a Conservative agenda.

“I’ve worked with Labour MPs, on this issue of a sex agenda, for example. I've worked with SNP MPs who disagreed with their government in Scotland, so I'm open to working with everybody.

“What I'm not open to is having people who are not Conservatives to try and join the Conservative Party so they can destroy it.”

On the Conservatives’ plan to amend the Equalities Act by defining sex as “biological sex”, she said: “Over the last couple of decades, people now talk about sex and gender.

“In law, those used to mean the same thing. But now when we talk about them, they mean different things.

“One is the biological sex, the other is maybe what you choose to present or how you identify.

“But the problem we're solving is for many organisations like rape crisis centres, prisons, for instance, where people may identify as a woman even though they're biologically male and they don't know what to do.

“We are clarifying what public authorities need to do, what perhaps individual private institutions’ rights are. A lot of them are worried about being sued even when they're doing the right thing.

“This is a tidy up of the law so that we can create a better space for this conversation, make it less toxic. Less heat, more light, protects women and children, but also more importantly protects those trans people.

“There are people with gender dysphoria who have had their issues used by many others who've got nothing to do with them but who are exploiting the law for other purposes.”


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