MSP Kenneth Gibson, who opposed a bill passed by the Scottish Parliament which would make life easier for trans people, has backed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon over Westminster's intervention.

The Gender Recognition Reform Bill was supported by the overwhelming majority of members of the Scottish Parliament.

SNP Cunninghame North MSP Kenneth Gibson broke ranks with his own party in opposing the bill. 
However, he is backing First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in the row with the Westminster over the issue.

Kenneth said: "The SNP Government is considering its next steps, as the UK Government imposed a Section 35 Order to block the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill recently passed at Holyrood.

"In 24 years of devolution, this is the first time the UK Government has tried to block Scottish legislation this way.

"Regardless of where people stand on the issue of gender recognition legislation, The First Minister is absolutely right when she says that moves to block Scottish laws in this way is “an affront to democracy.”