Transgender MP candidate calls for more diversity in Westminster

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Transgender MP candidate calls for more diversity in Westminster

The first transgender man to stand as a MP in the UK has said parliament has “got to change”. 

Charlie Kiss, who will be standing for the Green Party, told London Live Westminster is not representative of Britain. 

He said: “I would love not to be the only male transgender candidate standing.

“I just feel that in the Houses of Parliament at the moment it’s not very representative of the population,” he added.

“It’s got to change.”

The 49-year-old is one of two transgender candidates to stand for the party and will be running against Emily Thornberry, the Labour party incumbent and former shadow cabinet minister, in Islington South and Finsbury. 

Competition for the seat is fierce with the Greens receiving just 710 votes in 2010 losing the party’s deposit. 

But Mr Kiss, who began his transition in 2002, said: “I think we’re going to do much much  better. 

“We’re on a real surge at the moment. Our membership has more than doubled in the last year – the latest poll last night put us just two points ahead of the Lib Dems.”

He added that the Islington Green Party did not consider being transgender an issues which, he said, “is just the response you want”. 

London Live also spoke to Labour party candidate for Sutton and Cheam Emily Brothers, who become the first transgender person to stand for the party this week. 

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