Tory conference latest: Braverman ‘vilifying gay and trans people’, says politician thrown out of speech

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Home Secretary Suella Braverman speaks to volunteers during a visit to Bolton Lads and Girls Club in Bolton, Greater Manchester. Picture date: Tuesday October 3, 2023.
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A heckler who was removed from Suella Braverman's speech at the Conservative party conference has accused the home secretary of "vilifying gay and trans people".

London Assembly member Andrew Boff was removed from Braverman's address after loudly saying "there is no such thing as gender ideology".

He told the PA news agency: “This home secretary was basically vilifying gay people and trans people by this attack on LGBT ideology, or gender ideology. It is fictitious, it is ridiculous.

“It is a signal to people who don’t like people who are LGBT+ people.”

His comments came as Braverman said people were being "chased out of their jobs" for their beliefs on gender and that the party must challenge the "poison" of ideas like gender ideology and white privilege.

Boff added: "Words like that in the forum of the party that I love need to be challenged.

“I went into the speech was I was interested to hear more, because all I had heard previously were reports about what she had said.

“And as much as I love the press, those reports aren’t always accurate. I did want to hear from her own mouth what her views were and they were views that need challenged.

“When you hear bad views in a party that you love you challenge them.”

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