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Lead unit? Anger female MPs after toilet in Commons changed to gender neutral

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Lead unit? Anger female MPs after toilet in Commons changed to gender neutral

  • Mystery about sign posted by maintenance staff during the summer recess
  • The board featured the traditional silhouettes plus a third, gender neutral figure
  • Commons staff on one floor of the building had requested a change of signage

Parliamentary authorities are under pressure to explain how a women’s toilet was surreptitiously converted into an ‘inclusive’ facility open to all.

In recent weeks, a sign appeared on the toilet door in the House of Representatives stating that men and transgenders were now allowed to use it, while the word ‘ladies’ was taped.

The board featured the traditional silhouettes of a man and a woman, plus a third, gender-neutral figure.

It was installed by maintenance staff during the summer recess, but MPs and colleagues say they have not been consulted.

In recent weeks, a sign appeared on the toilet door in the House of Representatives stating that men and transgenders were now allowed to use it, while the word ‘ladies’ was taped.

Sources said some House of Commons staff on one floor of the building had requested a change of signage, but it was not part of a wider plan.

Last night, the offending sign had been removed while an investigation was underway into how it had been placed in the landmark building without proper approval. A Commons spokesperson said, “We are currently investigating the matter.”

It is clear that a cross-party group of female MPs plans to write to the chairman to ask if the sign was allowed, and if so, why they were not asked for their opinion on removing a female-only toilet .

A senior MP said: ‘It is worrying that this appears to have been done without consulting women.

“And as usual, women are expected to give way if the men’s facilities retain their original door sign.”

It comes despite ministers speaking out against the spread of awakened “gender-neutral” toilets.

In July, then-Equality Minister Kemi Badenoch announced that all new public buildings should have separate men’s and women’s toilets, and told how she should have fought officials who tried to oppose the move.

Then Attorney General Suella Braverman declared that schools would be breaking the law if they allowed boys who identify as transgender to go to girls’ restrooms because they had a duty to provide same-sex facilities.

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