ASH Regan has made a direct appeal to female voters at an Alba Party women's event, saying they are the party “that stand up for women”.

The party’s Holyrood leader addressed a meeting of Alba Party female members on Saturday in which she talked of the ways the party has “consistently defended women’s rights”.

Regan, who defected from the SNP to Alba last year, previously resigned from the Scottish Government over her opposition to Scotland’s gender reform laws.

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Speaking today, the MSP said: “Women make up over half of the population in Scotland so our voices matter.

“When it comes to women’s rights, women across Scotland can be assured that Alba Party and I will always fight for you.

“At the upcoming General Election, the Labour Party will ask women to vote for them but for years when women were under the attack for defending the dignity, privacy and safety of women and girls, Keir Starmer’s (below) party were nowhere to be seen.

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“When it comes to justice for Waspi women, Labour will fail to deliver compensation just like the Tories have failed to do so for over a decade.”

We previously told how Scottish Labour were overruled by the UK leadership after pledging to stand up for women financially hit by sudden increases to the state pension age.

Regan continued: “I resigned from my position in government as I refused to jeopardise the safety of women and girls to protect my own job by backing the SNP and the Greens' gender self-ID fantasy.

“Over the past period, it has only been Alba Party that have consistently defended women’s rights. That was one of the major factors in my decision to join the party.

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“Whether it’s demanding justice for Waspi women or opposing self-ID and the gender recognition reforms, only Alba Party have been committed to all of these positions that stand up for women.”

The Alba Party women’s event was held in Glasgow and was also addressed by the party’s equalities convener Susan Blackley as well as chair Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh.