SNP rebellion erupts over hated bill as minister in Nicola Sturgeon's cabinet resigns

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SNP Minister Ash Regan has resigned as Community Safety Minister ahead of a vote on Government plans to make it easier for people to change their legally-recognised gender.

Ms Regan resigned after SNP MSPs were whipped to vote for the proposals today.

The Bill aims to speed up the time it takes to obtain a gender recognition certificate (GRC) and lowers the age for obtaining one from 18 to 16.

Ministers also want to drop the requirement for a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria and the need for a doctor’s report.

In her resignation letter, she wrote: “I have considered the issue of Gender Recognition Reform very carefully over some time.

“I have concluded that my conscience will not allow me to vote with the government at the Stage 1 of the Bill this afternoon.

“Consequently, I am writing to resign my position in the Scottish Government as Minister for Community Safety.

She added: “I have greatly valued the opportunity over the last few years to work in Government with colleagues to build a better Scotland.”

Sturgeon accepted her resignation but said: “I note that at no stage have you approached me – or indeed the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice – to raise your concerns about the Gender Recognition Reform Bill or the vote this evening.”

She added: “However, in circumstances in which a Minister is unable to support the government, it is the case that the only options available are resignation ahead of the vote or dismissal thereafter. I therefore accept your resignation.”

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