Trans rapists do not belong in women’s prisons

Labour leadership candidate Lisa Nandy is mad to suggest otherwise.



The Labour Party’s row over trans issues rumbles on.

Leadership candidates Lisa Nandy and Rebecca Long-Bailey signed a pledge card last week, calling for critics of trans ideology to be expelled from the party. And now, Nandy has reignited the row by saying that male-bodied rapists should be allowed to serve their sentences in women’s prisons if they identify as women.

Julia Long, a gender-critical feminist, asked Nandy at a recent event whether violent male sexual offenders, like Christopher Worton, should be let into women’s prisons. Worton, a convicted paedophile who raped two girls aged 13 and 15 five times, began identifying as Zoe Lynes after his conviction. He recently broke a sexual-harm prevention order.

Nandy responded with the oft-repeated mantra that trans women are women. For Nandy, that means crimes by trans women should be recorded as committed by women. She also said that trans prisoners ‘should be accommodated in a prison of their choosing’.

Astonishingly, the audience applauded her response.

As Joanna Williams has pointed out on spiked, one in 50 male prisoners – 1,500 inmates – currently identifies as transgender, far more than the number in the general population. Trans women prisoners not only get perks when held in male prisons, such as being able to shower alone or have their own cell, they can also apply to switch to a female prison.

Some of those who have been allowed to switch prisons have been convicted rapists. This inevitably puts female prisoners in danger.

David Thompson, a paedophile and rapist, was jailed for life in the early 2000s. He was also on remand for grievous bodily harm, burglary, multiple rapes and other sexual offences against women.

In September 2017, he was placed in a women’s prison because he identified as Karen White. After he was transferred, he sexually assaulted a number of female inmates. One of Thompson’s victims is taking the government to court for its failure to protect her.

The right for prisoners to ‘self-ID’ is perhaps the maddest and most dangerous aspect of trans ideology. The mantra that ‘trans women are women’ means the feelings of convicted rapists are prioritised over the safety of women.

Clearly, the Labour Party has gone so far down the trans rabbit hole that even Lisa Nandy, considered to be one of its more moderate leadership candidates, has fully embraced one of trans activists’ most outlandish and reckless demands.

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Remittance Man

18th February 2020 at 9:11 am

“Nandy has reignited the row by saying that male-bodied rapists should be allowed to serve their sentences in women’s prisons if they identify as women.”
Given the evidence that implies many of these claims are spurious at best, I would suggest that Ms Nandy is a bit of an idiot.

a watson

18th February 2020 at 9:36 am

Seconded. Same as the other contenders.

Linda Payne

17th February 2020 at 6:06 pm

The problem is few care about women prisoners, they can be subject to WOKE experimentation and I suggest Lisa Nandy spend a week in Holloway in the same cell as these self styled trannies and come back and tell us its a good idea

Lauder Eric

17th February 2020 at 7:22 pm

It could be worse: rapes in prison could be subject of popular jokes, just like it happen for male prisons.

Why women should have it better than men?


17th February 2020 at 4:08 pm

I’m pretty impressed that Spike d managed to wait a couple of hours before publishing the next ‘aren’t tra nssexuals all me ntally ill bigots’ article. It shows remarkable restraint. If the output rate of articles on this and similar issues continues to increase in line with the present exponential trajectory, then total gravitational collapse can be expected to occur within a matter of weeks. The resulting black hole will suck our entire galaxy into it. The only consolation is that there will be no tran nies beyond the event horizon.


17th February 2020 at 3:58 pm

I agree that transrapists should not be allowed in women’s prisons. The authorities who made the insane decision re. ‘Karen White’ should be prosecuted. Unfortunately, some of the more strident transphobic commentators on this platform will weaponise this incident, using it as a stick with which to beat all tg people.

Lauder Eric

17th February 2020 at 7:27 pm

It’s not just about transrapists, the subtle assumption is that all transwomen are rapists because transwomen are men – therefore all men are rapists.It’s very clear, crystalline, if you read various passages in various article by Brendan O’Neil.
That’s why I compared him to a lesbian radfem, the narrative is the same, he probably lacked his own original thoughts on the matter and by so he copied the whole radfem narrative. Without realizing the dangers that it poses to men a resurgence of such narrative: practically with this anti-trans crusade using radfem narrative S piked is destroying everything good they wrote about feminism and its issues.


18th February 2020 at 1:01 am

Fair point

Lauder Eric

17th February 2020 at 2:50 pm

Right, just only female rapists who have raped between 20 and 50 teen girls belong to women prisons.
Ooops: not “raped” but “sexually assaulted with penetration” – you must have a penis to “rape” someone in UK.

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