Workers Party candidate labelled trans community a ‘danger to society’

12 June 2024, 16:04 | Updated: 12 June 2024, 19:13

Candidate Jody McIntyre is alleged to have sent the messages in a local community WhatsApp group.
Candidate Jody McIntyre is alleged to have sent the messages in a local community WhatsApp group. Picture: Supplied
Henry Riley

By Henry Riley

A candidate for George Galloway’s Workers Party wrote in a WhatsApp group that he felt the trans community is a "danger to society," LBC can reveal.

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Jody McIntyre, the party’s candidate in Birmingham Yardley against former Shadow Minister Jess Phillips, is alleged to have sent the messages in a local community WhatsApp group.

The messages, uncovered by LBC, appear to refer to a discussion which has taken place, resulting in a message from Mr McIntyre saying “I honestly think the trans community are a danger to society… but we can have different views”.

The candidate wrote "So you believe that if a person 'identifies' as a certain sex they literally become that sex?? Or should I say he believes. I honestly think the trans community are a danger to society."

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On Crowdfunder Jody McIntyre describes himself as a “Birmingham resident” who was “shocked and dismayed to discover that… Jess Phillips is a member of Labour friends of Israel… This is unconscionable”.

Workers Party candidate James Giles said: “Both the Muslim and LGBT community have been marginalised over many years.

"MPs, and by extension candidates for MP, have a duty to show leadership and bridge divides between communities. That’s the sort of MP I aim to be if elected in Hodge Hill.

"I hope Jody will also reflect on his comments, and work diligently to bridge those divides in Yardley, where people are in urgent need of real change."

The Workers Party declined to comment.

Candidates standing in Birmingham Yardley include:

Yvonne Beverley Clements - Conservative and Unionist Party

Roxanne Green - Green Party

Roger Harmer - Liberal Democrats

Nora Kamberi - Reform UK

Jody McIntyre - Workers Party of Britain

Jess Phillips - Labour Party

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