Dr Heather Peto has been chosen to champion the role as women’s officer at the constituency Labour Party in south Nottingham. The role consists of encouraging women to be more involved with the party.

The stem-cell scientist was previously selected by her local Labour Party to be on the all-women shortlist as a Labour parliamentary candidate and stand against Ken Clarke for Rushcliffe and Melton. However, she lost out to another female candidate.

Heather Peto tweet after being elected


“it’s about time we actually have a good political trans role model”


In recent years there has been conflicting opinion concerning the acceptance of the transgender community, although there have big advancements there still seems to be division over trans people’s rights.

Many trans people believe that there is still issues in the way that they are legally recognised, which is currently being discussed by the government.   

Max fisher, NTU gender officer said “Its about time we actually have a good political trans role model”.

In the UK now anyone wanting to legally change their gender will need to apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate. Many feel this is long and demeaning process.

In order to qualify they must have lived for two years in their preferred gender – this can be with or without having surgery.

Many trans people argue there should be no need for medical evidence and they should be able to self-declare their own gender.  

Max Fisher gender officer at Nottingham Trent University speaks a about the difficulties faced as a trans women


The Gender Identity Research & Education Society (GIRES) approximates that round about 1% of the British population are gender-nonconforming to some degree.

According to LGBT charity Stonewall 41% of trans people have experienced a hate crime due to their gender identity within the past 12 months.

The Equality Act 2010 protects trans people from discrimination and says anyone who identifies themselves as a woman can use single-sex facilities.

It does, however, allow service providers – including hospitals and prisons – to refuse a trans person access to single-sex services if it is seen as detrimental to others.