Natalie Bird Legal Fund

by Natalie Bird

Natalie Bird Legal Fund

by Natalie Bird
Natalie Bird
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Natalie Bird is a mum of two, believer in a fairer society and opportunity for everyone. Believes in sex based rights and real safe spaces for women.
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Latest: Sept. 27, 2021

Update 1 - Message to my Crowd Funders

Many thanks to all of you who have been very generous to my Crowd Funding efforts so far.

I write to update my case given the last few weeks have sparked intense debate both within our political parti…

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Natalie has been a Lib Dem member since 2015 and stood as a prospective councillor in 2015, losing the seat to the head of the council's tory party by only a few hundred votes.

She is a mother of two boys and a passionate believer in sex-based rights for women. Holding such beliefs in the current political climate has come at a cost especially as, within the last decade  the Lib Dem's focus has moved away from women's equality and instead it centers on transgender people’s rights. Natalie believes this view tends to exclude women, pushing them further out of politics when women’s voices are needed more than ever.

In 2018 a complaint was made against her for raising concerns about the rights of vulnerable women; concerns that Transwomen were allowed access to women's refuges. This was in the context that she herself had left an abusive relationship,  was living with her two boys with her mother, whilst being dragged through the family courts by her ex-partner. In this context Natalie believe that policies should focus on protecting vulnerable women. This has been discussed nationally as recently as August 2020. 

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The 2018 complaint against her was formally dismissed by the Lib Dems in August 2018.

She lost a number of internal roles such as Standards on North West Executive, being a judge on the Ashdown prize and chair of the Radical Association.

In late 2018, Natalie wore a T-shirt saying "Woman: Adult Human Female" in a Lib Dem meeting. There followed an investigation and in November 2019 Natalie was "barred from holding or standing for election to any party office for 10 years" and "barred from holding or seeking to be elected to any public office on behalf of the party for a period of 10 years" because she had  "disseminat(ed) transphobic material over a prolonged time". For allegedly "speaking to a journalist", (an alleged breach of confidentiality) she received a reprimand. Natalie has appealed these findings and denies being transphobic, instead has simply raised questions around how to find the right balance between gender based rights and sex based rights. That appeal is still pending.

Natalie seeks to instruct lawyers to explore whether there have been breaches of the internal procedures of the Liberal Democrats and whether there have been breaches of the Equality Act 2010 against her (and potentially other women in the party).

You can read about what happened to Natalie here in the Times  here

Thank you for contributing to this fund which will help Natalie raise money to seek advice as to any potential legal redress of these actions.

Update 1

Natalie Bird

Sept. 27, 2021

Update 1 - Message to my Crowd Funders

Many thanks to all of you who have been very generous to my Crowd Funding efforts so far.

I write to update my case given the last few weeks have sparked intense debate both within our political parties and outside,  with Andrew Marr leading the questioning to Ed Davey on 'what is a woman'.

Andrew Marr went on to specifically mention my legal case (and my T-Shirt “woman: noun, adult human female") and my treatment by the Lib Dems along with the sanctions I’ve received which were a 10 year ban from standing in any party role internally and externally.


The link to Ed Davey being questioned by Marr as to what a woman is, here:


https://twitter.com/BBCPolitics/status/1439512987220553730?s=19


The link to Daisy cooper being questioned on this same topic on BBC politics here:


https://twitter.com/BBCPolitics/status/1439927358945902599?s=19


The sane question was also posed by Emma Barnett on BBC women's hour on radio 4. You can listen here:


https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000zsdl


Separately to this a second pre-action letter has been sent to the Lib Dems. We are awaiting a response.


My case is strong and winnable, focusing on the issues of Freedom of speech as well as direct discrimination, indirect discrimination more widely towards women in the Lib Dems and harassment.


Sometimes in these debates we lose focus on who the real 'victims' are. I've been targeted for speaking out on this topic since 2018. I will continue to stand up for women and ask the Lib Dems to find 'moral courage' to stand up and do the right thing for women.


I will not stand down in my convictions and feel that justice is urgently needed in my case.


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