Marks and Spencer’s transgender changing room policy puts women and girls at risk of voyeurism, a Conservative Peer has said. The high-street giant says that “as an inclusive retailer and in line with most other retailers, we allow customers the choice of fitting room in respect of how they identify themselves”. But Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne suggests that M&S and other retailers have been misled into believing the law requires them to allow men who ‘identify’ as women to use all-female spaces. Equalities Minister Liz Truss recently made clear in a letter to Lady Nicholson that when changes to gender recognition law are announced in the summer, single-sex spaces will still be protected. Truss said: “I will ensure that government guidance gives a clear message to service providers, schools and others, putting their ability to provide single-sex spaces beyond doubt.” Lady Nicholson has now written to Archie Norman, Chairman of Marks & Spencer, to encourage him “to follow the Government’s line and resume single-sex spaces for the changing rooms in your stores”.

WASHINGTON — US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke out Thursday against Israel’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank, saying it would damage American interests in the Middle East. “Unilateral annexation puts the future at risk and undermines US national security interests and decades of bipartisan policy,” she told members of the Jewish Democratic Council of America during a Zoom teleconference. “We always want it to be bipartisan,” added Pelosi, a California Democrat. “We’re very concerned about what we see happening in terms of annexation.” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to begin unilaterally annexing roughly 30 percent of the West Bank in July, in ostensible compliance with the Trump administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace proposal. The prospect of annexation has been condemned by leading Democrats, among them likely presidential contender Joe Biden.