Brendan O’Neill Brendan O’Neill

Starmer’s shameful silence on the Rosie Duffield trans row

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One of the most shocking images from the Corbyn years of the Labour party was Luciana Berger flanked by police officers at Labour conference. Here was a Labour MP who had been subjected to so much hostility and outright racism from cesspit leftists that she felt unsafe at her own annual party gathering. That a Jewish woman was made to feel so unwelcome, so threatened, was a black mark against the Corbynista left.

I would never have guessed that Keir Starmer, the anti-Corbyn, the man who said he would rescue Labour from its nutty wing and restore its respectability, would have a similarly shameful moment. And yet he has.

At this year’s conference, which starts on Saturday, one Labour MP will be absent. She won’t be attending because she has experienced a tsunami of hatred from sections of the party membership. It’s Starmer’s Luciana moment — another Labour leader who has failed to make his party safe for a woman who has fallen foul of the woke mob.

This is the story of Rosie Duffield, Labour MP for Canterbury, who has announced that she won’t be attending Labour conference. The reason? Because, she says, ‘LGBT+ Labour now seem to hate my guts and I feared they’d have a massive go at me at conference’. What is most shocking is that all that Ms Duffield has done to attract such opprobrium is to state biological facts. Her thoughtcrime, she says, is ‘knowing that only women have a cervix’.

As we know, it’s ‘phobic’ these days to state biological facts

She isn’t exaggerating. Duffield originally became embroiled in the ‘transgender controversy’, as the media referred to it, in August 2020 when she liked a tweet pointing out that people with cervixes are called women. In response to a CNN tweet that said, ‘Individuals with a cervix are now recommended to start cervical cancers screening at 25 and continue through age 65, with HPV testing every five years’, Piers Morgan tweeted: ‘Do you mean women?’ Duffield liked Morgan’s tweet and all hell broke loose.

The insults and abuse and accusations of ‘transphobia’ came thick and fast.

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