David Lewis told party officials he is a woman from when his alarm goes off at 6.50am until midnight each Wednesday
A male Labour activist has been suspended after claiming to be a woman one day a week in order to stand for a party equalities job.
David Lewis told party officials he ‘self-defined’ as a woman from when his alarm goes off at 6.50am until midnight each Wednesday – insisting ‘if I say I’m a woman, I’m a woman’.
The stunt was intended to highlight flaws in Labour’s rules on who could bid to be a women’s officer.
But the party has responded by suspending Mr Lewis for ‘subverting’ the process.
A Labour spokeswoman said: “The Labour Party is committed to upholding the principle of affirmative action for women.
‘Anyone attempting to breach Labour Party rules and subvert the intention of All Women Shortlists, women’s officers or minimum quotas for women will be dealt with via our established safeguards, selection procedures and disciplinary measures.”
The Labour rules are intended to protect the right of trans members who have not legally changed gender, but have been criticised by some feminist activists for undermining women.
Mr Lewis had told his Basingstoke constituency party he was standing for the local women’s officer role to highlight the problems.
He said he wanted to ‘inform the constituency Labour Party, and maybe some other people, about what this policy means, about what happens when you say that someone’s gender depends only on what they say and nothing else’.
Mr Lewis added: ‘Anyone else’s criticism or questions about my gender identity are just not relevant to the Labour Party at the moment, given the current policy.
‘If I say I’m a woman, I’m a woman.’