It is Good Friday today but a bad one for Labour frontbencher Charlotte Nichols. The 29-year-old Warrington North MP was elected in 2019 and despite her Corbynista credentials was named shadow minister for women and equalities by Keir Starmer in November. Six months on, Starmer may be having cause to regret such a rapid promotion today after Nichols inadvertently caused a storm over a classic 'great response on the doorstop' style tweet while out campaigning in Orford.
— Charlotte Nichols (@charlotte2153) April 1, 2021
Great evening back out on the doors with the Orford massive, checking in with local residents about issues and concerns, and speaking to them about their priorities ahead of the upcoming council elections!🌹 pic.twitter.com/CiN5zCDDD9
A Labour campaign leaflet which she was pictured delivering told residents Labour is 'dealing with Traveller incursions' causing an outcry from Labour Gypsy, Roma and Traveller campaigners. Nichols has now been forced to apologise saying she had not been aware of the 'problematic' definition of the term ‘incursion’ and that the leaflet has now been 'destroyed'.
— Charlotte Nichols (@charlotte2153) April 2, 2021
A statement: pic.twitter.com/PDYsaHwmJV
Already Nichols' colleague Apsana Begum MP has had a veiled dig at her on Twitter while onetime deputy leader contender Laura Pidcock wrote: 'this is just a disgrace and Labour Party need to investigate how this disgusting leaflet came about.'
— Apsana Begum MP (@ApsanaBegumMP) April 2, 2021
Gypsy, Roma & Traveller communities are subjected to some of the worst violence.From the Pontins scandal to the #PoliceCrackdownBill they are in laser focus of the govt’s attack on minorities.They don’t need our vilification, they need our solidarity. pic.twitter.com/yRJmksQu6w
Mr S hopes Nichols will have read up on her equalities brief next time she's out explaining Labour's policy with regards to Travellers.