Tory London Assembly member Andrew Boff is ejected from Suella Braverman’s conference speech after heckling her for talking ‘trash’ about ‘gender ideology’

Tory London Assembly member Andrew Boff is ejected from Suella Braverman’s conference speech after heckling her for talking ‘trash’ about ‘gender ideology’

By James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline

Published: 11:15 EDT, 3 October 2023 | Updated: 11:30 EDT, 3 October 2023

The Tory London assembly chair was dramatically escorted out of Suella Braverman’s speech today after heckling her comments on gender.

Andrew Boff was dragged out of the hall in Manchester after hitting out at the Home Secretary for talking ‘trash’ about ‘gender ideology’.

He started complaining after Ms Braverman said ministers must challenge the ‘poison’ of concepts such as white privilege and gender ideology. 

Speaking to reporters as he was led away, Mr Boff said: ‘It is making our Conservative Party look transphobic and homophobic.

‘Our party has a proud record of standing up for LGBT+ rights and she is destroying it.’

He said he had been a member of the party for over 50 years and was a ‘proud member’.

Andrew Boff (right) was dragged out of the hall in Manchester after hitting out at the Home Secretary for talking ‘trash’ about ‘ gender ideology ‘

In a red meat address to the party faithful she accused politicians of all shades of being too ‘squeamish about being smeared as racist’ to act on illegal immigration over the past 30 years.

Ms Braverman – who was greeted by a standing ovation in the hall in Manchester, vowed during her speech that sex offenders will no longer be able to change their name or gender to evade monitoring, while foreign offenders will be ‘booted out’ of Britain at the earliest opportunity.

She also lashed out at trans rights and ‘woke’, attacking ‘Keir ”take the knee” Starmer’. She also lashed out at Labour over its links to Just Stop Oil. 

She took on her critics – both in the Conservative Party and across politics, saying she was a hate figure because she tells the ‘blunt, unvarnished truth’.

But in comments likely to cause controversy she accused her opponents of being elitist, with ‘luxury views’, adding: ‘They like open borders. The migrants coming in won’t be taking their jobs. In fact, they are more likely to have them mowing their lawns or cleaning their homes.

‘They love soft sentences. The criminals who benefit from such ostentatious compassion won’t be terrorising their streets or grooming their children.’

The blunt speech – which was greeted with a lengthy ovation – will fuel claims that she is already positioning herself to be the next Tory leader if Rishi Sunak leads the party to election defeat next year. 

Mr Boff said after being ejected: ‘This Home Secretary was basically vilifying gay people and trans people by this attack on LGBT ideology, or gender ideology. It is fictitious, it is ridiculous.

‘It is a signal to people who don’t like people who are LGBT+ people.’

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