ANDY Wightman has quit the Scottish Greens, hitting out at a lack of debate in the party over transgender and women’s rights.
In the letter to party leader’s Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater, he said he decided to resign after last week’s debate allowing the survivors of rape and sexual assaults to pick the sex rather than the gender of the person examining them after an attack.
Wightman wrote: “I understand that the Scottish Green Party has a strong commitment to equalities and trans rights.
“However, some of the language, approaches and postures of the party and its spokespeople have been provocative, alienating and confrontational for many women and men.
“It has become evident to me that the sort of open-minded public engagement I would like to see take place on this topic is incompatible with a party that has become very censorious of any deviation from an agreed line.
“Put simply, I cannot operate in this kind of environment and Thursday’s vote and the discussions that took place around it were the final confirmation of that.”
A spokesperson for the party said: “The Scottish Greens are focused on building a greener and fairer Scotland that tackles the climate emergency, so Andy Wightman’s decision not to be part of our movement anymore is a matter of deep disappointment.
“Land reform, empowering local democracy and community empowerment are core Green issues, and Andy’s contribution has been very important, but the Greens remain committed to carrying on this agenda without him.
“The Scottish Greens wish Andy well in whatever he decides to do next.”
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