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A senior Conservative minister allegedly told a senior civil servant to "slit your throat" in what they claimed was a bullying campaign. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is under increasing pressure over his decision to bring Gavin Williamson back into Government after The Guardian reported fresh incendiary claims about his conduct.

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What is Liz Truss’s track record on LGBTQ rights?
Liz Truss has become Britain’s new prime minister — but what is her background where LGBTQ+ rights are concerned?Ms Truss beat rival Rishi Sunak for the top job after receiving 81,326 votes from Tory party members.It was a restless leadership race that saw Ms Truss and Mr Sunak spar on trans rights while Britain braced for soaring bills and a deepening cost of living crisis.The former women and equalities minister has now officially been handed the keys to Number 10.From her voting record to her time in the Government Equalities Office (GEO), Ms Truss helped the government enshrine LGBTQ+ Brits with some rights, but has abandoned other reforms.Elected as MP for South West Norfolk in 2010, Ms Truss has a mixed track record when it comes to voting for LGBTQ+ rights.She was one of the few Tory MPs to vote in favour of marriage equality for the public in 2013 and LGBTQ+ personnel a year later.Though Ms Truss has never voted against pro-LGBTQ+ laws, she abstained from the 2019 vote to extend the same right to Northern Ireland.When Ms Truss first became equalities minister in 2019, she vowed to use her power to stamp out ‘identity politics’.Ms Truss abandoned reforms to the Gender Recognition Act 2004 (GRA) in 2020 which would have made it simpler, easier and cheaper for trans people to change their legal gender. UK gender recognition law is among the worst in Europe, according to the European Commission.A 2018 consultation found strong support for allowing trans people to self-identify, meaning trans people would no longer need a medical diagnosis to change their legal gender.The European Commission says medical checks are ‘invasive’ and ‘dehumanising’.Despite public approval, ministers binned the broad changes, but moved the
'We need to be more careful' when it comes to transgender conversion therapy, says health secretary
admitted on Monday it meant the conference due to be held in June and July was now in doubt.Now Sky News understands that the event is set to be cancelled.The conference would have coincided with the 50th anniversary of the capital's first official Pride marches.It was billed as the UK's first ever global LGBT conference when it was launched by senior ministers Liz Truss and Dominic Raab last year.Reacting to the event's cancellation, Conservative MP Dehenna Davison tweeted: "We had such a huge opportunity to prove the UK (and the Conservative Party) is a defender of freedom."As a Conservative member of the LGBT+ community, it is so wrong it has come to this."The decision to not ban transgender conversion therapy prompted the UK's LBGT+ business champion Iain Anderson to resign, saying it was "profoundly shocking".A government spokesperson repeated the position from Monday that it was "considering how to proceed" over the conference.Earlier this week, A Tory MP announced he is trans in a highly personal Twitter post.Jamie Wallis, MP for Bridgend, said he had been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, adding: "I've felt this way since I was a very young child."Mr Wallis also rallied against ministers' plans to limit a ban on conversion therapy for gay people.Posting on Twitter, he said it was "wrong to exclude protections for a whole group of people from a practice described as 'abhorrent'".A national LGBT survey done by the government in 2017 suggested that 5% of LGBT people have been offered conversion, and 2% have undergone the therapy.These figures were higher among trans people, with 8% saying they had been offered the therapy, and 4% reporting having undergone it.