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Labour’s first out trans candidate Emily Brothers loses out in Sutton and Cheam

Joseph McCormick May 8, 2015

Labour’s first out trans Parliamentary candidate has failed to be elected in Sutton and Cheam.

Ms Brothers – who was a key figure in securing Disability Living Allowance for blind people – came out as transgender in an interview with PinkNews last year.

In a historic first for the Labour party, she ran to become an MP in Sutton and Cheam.

Coming third, Ms Brothers gained 11% of the vote, behind Lib Dem Paul Burstow, who received 34%, and Tory Paul Scully, who was elected with 40%.

Ms Brothers lost her sight to glaucoma as a child – and was a key figure in securing Disability Living Allowance for blind people.

Liberal Democrat activists were last month urged to apologise – after using placards to attempt to block Ms Brothers from their leader during a protest.

Brothers previously wrote for PinkNews on her own experiences of contemplating suicide and on the suicide of trans teen Leelah Alcorn.

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