Tory equalities minister Kemi Badenoch ‘refuses’ to attend inquiry into Gender Recognition Act reform
Equalities minister Kemi Badenoch has “refused to give evidence” to a key inquiry into the government’s handling of Gender Recognition Act (GRA) reforms.
The Women and Equalities Committee, which scrutinises the Government Equalities Office (GEO), said in a letter published Friday (11 June) that Badenoch declined to attend an upcoming meeting scheduled for 16 June.
The committee is probing the GEO’s decision to cut the cost of GRA applications rather than the more sweeping reforms that were mooted.
Badenoch, who has faced repeated calls to resign her post for “failing” the LGBT+ community, had been invited to give evidence.
But the letter from committee chair Caroline Nokes to Badenoch, dated 1 June, makes clear that Badenoch had insisted she “would not be able to impart any additional information as part of your inquiry”.