PL rebrands LGBTI branch, now known as ‘Equality Labour’

The Labour Party’s LGBTI branch is now ‘Equality Labour’ and follows the introduction of gay marriage and the party’s pledge to increase female representation

Equality Labour will push for policies that support individuals, irrespective of their sexual orientation and gender
Equality Labour will push for policies that support individuals, irrespective of their sexual orientation and gender

The Labour Party has updated its LGBTI branch, which now will be called ‘Equality Labour’ and will be led by Clayton Cutajar.

The Labour Party said the decision to rebrand the branch formed part of an internal process for renewal.

The party said that, despite the change in structure, the principles that guide and inform the branch remain unchanged: a society that respects the principle of equality.

“The aim of the organisation is to continue working and be the driving forces behind the Labour Party to ensure that the party continues to renew itself and progress. No person in our society should be left behind because of their sexual orientation or gender,” Cutajar said.

He added that society should focus on the individual’s abilities and skills to ensure equal opportunities for all.

The restructuring announcement comes during the same week in which the Labour government introduced gay marriage and the party pledged to increase female representation.

In an initiative launched on Thursday evening by MEP Miriam Dalli, the PL has pledged to increase female representation among its election candidates to 50% by 2027.

The first phase of the LEAD initiative will start in two-years’ time when the Labour Party will aim to have women making up 40% of its candidates in the elections for members of the European Parliament, and 35% of its local council candidates.

The Labour Party is also currently seeking to elect its new deputy leader for parliamentary affairs – a post that was contested by Helena Dalli, Chris Fearne and Edward Scicluna. Dalli was eliminated in the first round.

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