Alex Phillips: Can women count on the Labour Party?

'Can Labour plug the gaping holes in Tory social policy or is Sir Keir spineless against the radical left?'

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Now, do you remember when Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer gawped impotently when his MP Rosie Duffield got set upon by party zealots for saying only biological women should be allowed into refuges, prisons, changing rooms and loos.

When asked whether only women have cervixes, he momentarily squirmed before sanctimoniously stating that it was ‘something that shouldn’t be said’.

Having dined out for decades on being a safe space for women, Labour threw our safe spaces under the bus.

Well today Starmer has taken to his soap box to capitalise on the emergent exodus of Red Wall Tories, but there were slim pickings for women who feel politically homeless because of the main party's view on biological sex, can women really vote for a party that would eliminate their rights? It’s hardly as if the Tories have been defenders of small c conservative values that traditionally protected women, either.

We live in a society where porn is available to all at the touch of a phone, broad daylight attacks on women have shot up, rape culture in schools is spiralling out of control, and it’s more difficult to have a child and hold down a job than ever before.

So why is there such a deathly silence from the green benches? While Starmer pays lipservice to the cause, saying Labour would introduce legislation to end the national epidemic of violence against women, his pitch today was barren on services to cervixes.

So where can we cast our votes? Can Labour plug the gaping holes in Tory social policy or is Sir Keir spineless against the radical left?

Today, we really need to talk about whether Ladies can lean on Labour.