PRISONS Minister Andrew Selous announced plans yesterday to publish the number of transgender people behind bars for the first time after a trans woman was found dead in a men’s jail.
Mr Selous was prompted into the decision after the death of Vicky Thompson in Leeds prison last week, shortly after she had been convicted at Bradford crown court.
Labour shadow equalities minister Cat Smith called for the figures to be published during an urgent question in Parliament, warning that the “issue of placement of transgender prisoners is one that only looks to increase” as the prison population rises.
Ms Thompson’s solicitor Mohammed Hussain said he had advised the judge that his client was “essentially a woman” and asked for her to be sent to New Hall women’s prison, near Wakefield.
MPs also expressed their sadness that they were debating the death of Ms Thompson on Transgender Day of Remembrance.