SCOTTISH Labour MP Ian Murray has said the Court of Session ruling in favour of the UK Government's use of a Section 35 order should be "respected".

We told how Lady Haldane ruled that Scottish Secretary Alister Jack's use of the little-known part of the Scotland Act to block Scotland's gender reforms was lawful

LGBT+ groups have already urged the Scottish Government to appeal the judgement, while First Minister Humza Yousaf has said he will take time to consider it.

READ MORE: How to read the full Lady Haldane ruling on Scottish gender bill block

Elsewhere, opponents of the legislation have called on Scottish ministers to drop any further legal challenges.

The Gender Recognition Reform Bill was passed by two-thirds of MSPs in the Scottish Parliament in December 2022, including a number from Scottish Labour.

However, shadow Scottish secretary Murray (below) has shown support for the court's decision and hit out at both the SNP and Tories.

The National: Shadow Scottish secretary Ian Murray speaking on the second day of the Scottish Labour Party Conference at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh. Picture date: Saturday February 18, 2023..

In a statement, the Edinburgh South MP said: “It is disappointing this legalisation ended in the courts but this ruling should be respected.

“It is shameful that after years of debate, trans people feel no more protected and women no more reassured.

“This is another demonstration of why both governments have to work together rather than spending taxpayers’ money fighting in courts and pitting communities against each other.”