The worldwide commerce minister denied reviews that she had pushed by means of a coverage to finish the requirement for trans individuals to acquire a medical analysis of gender dysphoria earlier than they may legally change gender when she was equalities minister in Theresa Could’s authorities.
Ms Mordaunt advised the BBC’s Sunday Morning programme: “This has been rebutted many instances. Everyone knows what’s going on. That is the kind of poisonous politics individuals need to get away from.
“We did a session. We requested healthcare professionals what they thought concerning the scenario. That’s the part I sorted. I managed that session. We didn’t really on my shift produce a coverage.
“There may be quite a lot of smears occurring within the papers. My colleagues are very offended and upset that that is how the management contest is being dragged down.”
Within the first televised debate on Friday, former equalities minister Kemi Badenoch and International Secretary Liz Truss – who additionally has accountability for equality points – claimed Mordaunt had backed a push for self-ID for many who want to transition.
They mentioned that collectively they’d reversed the coverage.
Mordaunt strongly challenged the claims. She mentioned that whereas she had ordered a evaluation of the Gender Recognition Act, she was not in favour of self-identification and would “not have divorced it from healthcare”.
Nonetheless, The Sunday Occasions mentioned it had seen authorities papers which appeared to counsel she was in favour of eradicating not less than one component of the medical course of required for transgender individuals to legally transition.
It mentioned one other paper from February 2020 confirmed that the Authorities’s help for self-identification ended after she was changed because the minister in cost.
In response, a spokesman for her marketing campaign mentioned the papers seen by The Sunday Occasions made clear that every one the ministers concerned on the time had been in favour of sustaining medical involvement within the course of.
“The truth that a lot of this contest has been distracted by aspect points as an alternative of the cost-of-living disaster impacting tens of millions of individuals, is a significant disappointment,” the spokesman mentioned.
“Arguing about coverage is one factor, however questioning Penny’s values and integrity have to be challenged. To be clear, on the problem of self ID, leaked paperwork show that every one ministers within the division needed to take care of medical involvement, together with Penny. Different ministers can again this up.”
Mordaunt was backed by Baroness Williams, who was junior equalities minister on the time, and mentioned the accounts of occasions given on the hustings and within the media had been “utterly incorrect”.
“As minister for equalities within the division underneath each Penny Mordaunt and Amber Rudd I noticed first hand that the place acknowledged was completely not Penny Mordaunt’s and utterly refute the allegations made by different candidates concerning the self ID debate,” she mentioned in an announcement.
“Having sat within the Equalities Workplace for a few years, I’m shocked to see such incorrect reporting and briefings by our colleagues and would query the motives of these searching for to take action.”
The Sunday Occasions printed particulars of a observe from a senior civil servant despatched in July 2019 to Mordaunt and different senior officers within the Authorities Equalities Workplace.
On the time, Mordaunt was defence secretary but additionally had accountability for ladies’s and equalities points.
The observe acknowledged: “Presently, candidates are required to supply two medical reviews: a analysis of gender dysphoria (which we are actually aspiring to take away) and a report detailing any medical remedy obtained.
“There isn’t any requirement to have undergone any medical remedy as a part of transitioning, nor does the report’s contents have any bearing on the panel’s resolution, so it’s unclear what sensible worth this present report has within the course of.
“Nonetheless, this component of the method goes to the guts of whether or not we now have a system that’s basically self-identification, or whether or not there are exterior checks in place.”
The observe went on to state that “you may have all indicated you prefer to some type of medical requirement to stay a part of the method — notably some type of evaluation that the applicant is of ‘sound thoughts’ as they make their software to vary their gender.
“This might be from a GP, a registered counsellor or a therapist. This is able to assist safeguard susceptible people, and would additionally present a defence in opposition to potential vexatious functions.”