Trans Labour candidate to run for London Assembly
Labour’s Emily Brothers has announced that she is running for a spot on the London Assembly.
Ms Brothers became Labour’s first openly transgender Parliamentary candidate earlier this year, when she ran in Sutton and Cheam.
The activist and disability campaigner, who is also blind, revealed she was trans in an interview with PinkNews – though she lost out to the Conservatives in May.
However, Ms Brothers is not stepping away from politics – and the Labour Party has announced she is running for a London-wide spot on the London Assembly, in next year’s London elections.
Ms Brothers said: “I look forward to campaigning across London to get Sadiq Khan elected as our next Mayor and secure more Assembly seats.
“It is only a Labour administration that can create economic growth, tackle the housing crisis, deliver more affordable and effective public transport, meet modern policing challenges and broker a better deal for Londoners.”
Sadiq Khan MP, Labour’s Mayoral Candidate, said: “I worked with Emily in the general election when she ran a good campaign – far exceeding all expectations.
“Emily is a conviction politician with real Labour values.
“She is a brave and strong person, whose experiences will make her an excellent candidate.”
Ms Brothers is ninth in Labour’s list of candidates on a proportional vote system. The party picked up four list seats at the last election in 2012.
The press watchdog previously upheld a complaint made by Ms Brothers about Sun columnist Rod Liddle, after he mocked her in a column.
Despite the ruling, Mr Liddle was again last month joking about “transgender guide dogs” in his column.