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Labour wouldn’t amend the Equality Act if elected as a result of there are already provisions to guard single-sex areas, shadow defence secretary John Healey has mentioned.

Speaking to Times Radio, Mr Healey mentioned: “We will not want to amend the Act, it’s not needed. The Act, incidentally, was a Labour Act in 2010, that was opposed by the Tories, but it already provides protections for single-sex spaces for biological women.

“It already supplies a definition of a girl, and intercourse and gender are totally different. What is required is clearer steerage for service suppliers, from the NHS to sports activities our bodies, and in prisons, on what single-sex exemptions should be, and the easiest way to have the ability to do that’s in steerage, not main laws.

“The Government has had 14 years to do that and it hasn’t. This, to be honest, is a distraction from the election campaign, where most people want to hear why the cost-of-living pressures are so great, what the Tories are going to do, and what Labour is going to do, to try and help make life more affordable and Britain better.”