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JK Rowling has criticised the brand new ladies and equalities minister over earlier remarks she has made on gender.

The Harry Potter creator referred to as previous feedback made by Anneliese Dodds on gender “nonsensical” because the Labour MP’s new appointment was introduced, after Ms Rowling beforehand accused Labour of getting “abandoned” her and others campaigning for ladies’s rights.

The novelist has ceaselessly argued on-line that trans ladies are usually not ladies and criticised Scottish Government proposals to introduce self-identification for transgender folks.

Shortly after Monday’s announcement, Ms Rowling tweeted a part of a transcript from an interview Ms Dodds had taken half in for BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour in 2022.

According to the posted transcript, when requested for Labour’s definition of a lady, Ms Dodds mentioned there are “different definitions legally around what a woman actually is” and, when pressed once more, mentioned: “I think it does depend what the context is.”

Ms Rowling tweeted: “And if you happen to be wondering how I have the transcript of that Woman’s Hour to hand, it was sent to me by Dodds’ office after I publicly criticised her prevarication on the programme. They seemed to think I’d find her comments less nonsensical if I saw them in print.”

Anneliese Dodds has been appointed a minister of state – Minister for Women and Equalities – in the Department for Education
Anneliese Dodds has been appointed a minister of state – Minister for Women and Equalities – within the Department for Education (REUTERS)

Last October, talking at Labour’s National Annual Women’s Conference, Ms Dodds mentioned a Labour win within the election would see her “become the UK’s first ever Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, with a seat at the top table, dedicated to advocating for women in all their diversity in every Cabinet conversation”.

The Government is dealing with criticism from a coalition of campaigning organisations for not following via on that devoted place, accused of providing a “diluted alternative” and “bolt-on ministerial briefs”.

Ms Dodds has been appointed a minister of state – Minister for Women and Equalities – within the Department for Education, serving underneath Education Secretary Bridget Phillipson who was named additionally Minister for Women and Equalities.

However, the prime minister’s spokesperson mentioned Ms Dodds would be the lead minister, with Ms Phillipson having additionally been named a minister for “constitutional purposes” as she is a Secretary of State.

The spokesperson mentioned: “Anneliese Dodds will be the Minister for Women and Equalities and will be, as I understand it, attending Cabinet but for sort of constitutional purposes you also need someone who’s a full Cabinet member having the brief as part of their role, but for all intents and purposes, Anneliese Dodds will be the lead minister.”

Education Secretary Bridget Phillipson previously warned against ‘picking fights, seeking headlines’ on issues around gender
Education Secretary Bridget Phillipson beforehand warned towards ‘picking fights, seeking headlines’ on points round gender (PA Wire)

Ms Dodds, in her time as shadow ladies and equalities secretary, affirmed Labour’s dedication to “trans people and women” and criticised the demonisation of weak folks.

Last 12 months she mentioned Labour is “committed to modernising the Gender Recognition Act”.

In an article for The Guardianshe added: “Changing gender is not a decision anyone makes lightly. The process is intrusive, outdated and humiliating. So we will modernise, simplify and reform the gender recognition law to a new process. We will remove invasive bureaucracy and simplify the process.”

Meanwhile, Ms Phillipson has beforehand warned towards “picking fights, seeking headlines” on points round gender.

During the election marketing campaign, Ms Phillipson mentioned she wished to take the warmth out of the row over transgender steering for faculties.

“Let’s stop this being a political football,” she instructed the BBC. “This is our children’s lives, their wellbeing, it’s too important to make this a culture wars issue on the front pages of newspapers.”

Draft steering, printed earlier than the election was referred to as, said that England’s faculties shouldn’t educate concerning the idea of gender id.

Asked if she would ditch the proposed ban, Ms Phillipson mentioned trans folks’s “existence should be recognised” earlier than saying dialogue on the difficulty “drifts sometimes into a slightly bizarre conversation”.

She has additionally beforehand mentioned “statutory guidance” on single-sex areas could be set out by a Labour authorities.

Last month, she mentioned: “I do believe in the importance of single-sex provision, but I also believe that trans people have the right to appropriate care as well. I don’t think it is about one or the other.”

The Conservative authorities had, earlier than the election was referred to as, introduced plans to overtake the NHS Constitution to “ensure that biological sex is respected”, referring to proposals to make sure hospital sufferers in England have the precise to request to be handled on single-sex wards, with transgender folks positioned in rooms on their very own.

Separately, Agenda Alliance, a coalition of organisations representing ladies and ladies with unmet wants, mentioned it was “an early missed opportunity” to not put in place a devoted Secretary of State for Women and Girls.

Indy Cross, chief govt of the alliance, mentioned: “We’ve been really clear that only a dedicated Cabinet post will have the political clout to bring about change.

“The letter we at Agenda Alliance sent to our now Prime Minister, with over 60 signatures from key specialist support organisations, showed the urgent need for a champion at the top table to fight the corner of women and girls, especially those at the sharpest edge of adversity. Not some diluted alternative.

“Bolt-on ministerial briefs will not cut it. We know women and girls deserve better. A fully-fledged, dedicated secretary of state is what we’ll continue to argue for. We look forward to working with the new government to achieve this.”