Labour MP shunned by Starmer after being jeered for standing up for women's rights in trans debate - 'None of them ask me!'
Rosie Duffield was asking a question about Nicola Sturgeon's controversial gender recognition reform bill
A Labour MP has said she was shunned by Sir Keir Starmer after being jeered for standing up for women’s rights in the ongoing trans debate in Parliament.
In an exclusive interview with GB News, Rosie Duffield said is yet to hear from the Labour leader.
Duffield shared her support for the Government’s decision to block Sturgeon’s proposed reforms.
The First Minister wants to allow trans people to obtain a gender recognition certificate through a process known as “self-identification” and without the need for a medical diagnosis.
Duffield raised concerns about the bill and highlighted how it would allow “anyone at all to legally self-identify as either sex and therefore enter all spaces, including those necessarily segregated by sex, such as domestic violence settings, changing rooms and prisons”.
Her question was met with heckles from other MPs, with Labour MP Ben Bradshaw even calling her comments “absolute rubbish”.
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Now, in an exclusive interview with GB News’ Mark Longhurst she reflected on the interaction.
She said: “It's just disappointing isn't it, when every woman stood up those same people were heckling, not the men, even though some of them made the same point. But it was when women stood up (that there was heckling).
“My friend Jess Phillips was sitting behind me. She was just appalled.
“We were talking amongst ourselves about how every time a woman stood we got jeered, and that's not a great look.”
Asked if she had received support from her party she said: “Whenever this issue comes up on television, there are people in the Labour Party's head office who write lines for the Labour Party shadow cabinet who go on television and answer that question about whether I'm being supported.
“None of them ask me, they don't ask me if I'm being supported and somebody in an office writes a line for a Labour MP, saying I'm being supported. I'm not sure what that means.
"I haven't heard from Keir. The people in the shadow cabinet don't approach me and ask me if I'm okay or what they can do and they don't discuss this issue with me.
“It's an issue I know inside out. They have advisors, lots of them are based in London.
“I don't think it takes the temperature of women like me, women who vote for me, and women supporting me.
“I’m not invited in for those discussions and nor are the groups of women who I know and I work with.”
It comes as Labour’s Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry admitted to GB News the interaction was “not Parliament’s finest hour”.
She told GB News’ Isabel Webster on Breakfast: “This was not a debate that was frankly Parliament's finest hour in my view.
“On the one hand, we had the Conservatives wanting to stoke some sort of culture wars and on the other hand, we had the Scottish nationalists deciding that they were going to sort of fight the battle of nationalism again and that's what it was all about.
“The last thing that anyone was thinking about, in my view, were the very marginalised people, those people who are some of the most vulnerable in our society, who are trans people.”
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