Statement on the judgment in Shahrar Ali’s case:

‘Worthy of Respect in a Political Party’

Today a judge has ruled that the Green Party of England and Wales (GPEW) has been acting unlawfully in discriminating against ‘gender critical’ members, who assert their belief that a woman is an adult human female and that women’s sex-based rights must be fought for and won. We thank and congratulate Shahrar Ali, who has bravely stuck his neck out for all of us in pursuing his case.

GPEW leaders and people in executive positions have either actively engaged in naming and shaming ‘gender critical’ members or stayed silent while it happened. A chilling atmosphere of fear and censure has affected us all.

We urgently need to reform processes and structures inside the party that are currently wide open to manipulation, and which have allowed this top-down authoritarian culture to take hold.

Immediately, we call for:

  • The resignation of the GPEW CEO and the Chair of GPEx and an apology from Party Leaders to all ‘gender critical’ members.
  • The immediate disbandment of the GPEW’s failing Disciplinary Committee.
  • Disciplinary investigations to be outsourced from now on, lawfully conducted, without bias and fully compliant with the ‘ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary Grievance’,
  • The immediate lifting of disciplinary sanctions that have been imposed on GC members through No Fault Suspensions and expulsions, including Emma Bateman’s 3 expulsions, on the basis that the Party has been acting unlawfully and all such decisions are now rendered unsafe.
  • Immediate out of court settlements in favour of the three GPEW ‘gender critical’ plaintiffs with pending court cases, so that GPEW members’ money is not further wasted on legal costs.
  • A statement of welcome from the GPEW leadership to all members, inviting them to exercise their lawful right to express their beliefs and opinions.

Today is a sea-change moment for the Green Party and the whole membership needs to be engaged in deciding a new, open, and democratic way forward. Let respectful, free speech be welcome and all voices heard, not least the 1400 plus signatories of the Green Women’s Declaration. There’s lots of work to do, but this judgment has given us a key to open the gateway to change.

The time is now!

Green Women’s Declaration

For information about upcoming legal cases see this page

 

 

Shahrar Ali vs GPEW – in court this week

In February 2022, Shahrar Ali initiated a course of legal action against GPEW following his unjust treatment as the Green Party national spokesperson for Policing and Domestic Safety. Shahrar maintains that he was subjected to a coordinated campaign of discrimination and victimisation because of his gender critical beliefs. This week, 21-25 August 2023, the Green Party will be in court to hear the case.

To follow the proceedings on Twitter see Tribunal Tweets

Monday 21 August afternoon – procedural matters plus examination of Shahrar Ali by Catherine Casserley, barrister for the Green Party.

Tuesday 22 August morning to mid afternoon – examination of Shahrar Ali by Catherine Casserley

Tuesday 22 August midafternoon to end of day – examination of Shahrar Ali by Catherine Casserley

Wednesday 23 August morning – Shahrar Ali concludes examination and Julia Lagoutte and Zoe Hatch are cross examined

Wednesday 23 August afternoon Part one & Part two– Mary Clegg begins and commences examination

Thursday 24 August morning Part one & Part two – Jeffrey Jupp begins cross examination of Molly Scott Cato

Thursday 24 August afternoon Part One Part two – Cross examination of Molly Scott Cato continues

Friday 25 August morning Part one & Part two – evidence from Molly Scott Cato concluded, evidence from Elizabeth Reason begins.

Friday 25 August afternoon – there is only one thread for the afternoon as the court rose before 4 pm. Evidence from Elizabeth Reason and Jonathan Bartley.

To donate to Shahrar’s costs see CrowdJustice