Daily Mail

Labour in Wales hand £100,000 to Stonewall

So would Keir follow as PM?

- By Connor Stringer and Martin Beckford

THE Labour- run Welsh government handed £100,000 of taxpayers’ money to Stonewall last year, it can be revealed.

It sparked fears Sir Keir Starmer would follow suit if he was to become prime minister.

Cash handouts to the charity were part of grants to ‘create a society where LGBTQ+ people feel safe to live’, officials say.

Accounts show Stonewall received £100,000 from the Welsh government in grants during the year ending March 31, 2023. It also received £89,700 from the Arts Council of Wales and £52,971 from the Welsh Council for Voluntary Action.

Campaigner­s last night criticised the party as out of touch and called on Sir Keir to back an inquiry into the misuse of public funds.

Tanya Carter, of Safe Schools Alliance, said: ‘Labour cannot continue to claim to be the party of the working class when they are this far out of touch with ordinary people. We want a public inquiry into this misuse of taxpayer money and reassuranc­e from Keir Starmer that the same will not be repeated here in event of a Labour government.’

Gender-critical author Helen Joyce added: ‘Given that Stonewall has morphed into a transactiv­ist lobby group that routinely gives incorrect advice on equality law, it is ludicrous any government would hand it a sizeable chunk of public funds.’

The payments are not the first examples of the Welsh administra­tion pandering to wokery.

Last year, First Minister Mark Drakeford was accused of ‘trampling over women’s rights’ by asking to introduce Scottish-style trans laws to make it easier to change gender. His administra­tion unveiled a LGBTQ+ action plan that aimed to allow people to self-identify their gender without having to apply for a certificat­e.

The administra­tion was also last year found to offer tampons in men’s lavatories in the parliament buildings in Cardiff.

A Welsh Government spokesman said: ‘We work with a range of partners to challenge discrimina­tion and to create a society where LGBTQ+ people feel safe to live openly and freely as themselves.’

A Stonewall spokesman added: ‘The funding supports vital activities in responding to rising hate crime, improving healthcare access for LGBTQ+ people, promoting inclusion in sport and celebratin­g our communitie­s in all parts of life in Wales.’

More than 300 schools have been told to stop calling pupils ‘boys and girls’ after signing up to Stonewall’s School & College Champions programme. Schools receive awards if they ‘remove any unnecessar­ily gendered language’.

‘Out of touch with ordinary people’

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