What’s Current: Scottish Greens MSP Andy Wightman resigns over ‘intolerance’ to discussion on trans issue

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  • High-profile Scottish Green MSP Andy Wightman resigns from the party, citing its “intolerance” to open discussion on conflicts between women’s and transgender rights. Wightman told Hollyrood

“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.”

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Meghan McCarty
Meghan McCarty

Meghan McCarty is an undergraduate student and aspiring journalist living in the United States.