Rosie Duffield admits Labour 'looks ridiculous and ineffective'
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Labour MP for Canterbury, Rosie Duffield, launched a damning assault on her party leader, claiming he has failed to support her against local activists who have mounted an “obsessive” campaign against her. Ms Duffield said “little had changed” under Sir Keir because he has failed to unite a party split by centrists and the Hard Left.
She said: “When Jeremy Corbyn was interviewed about my local party, they had a motion of no censure because I was talking anti-Semitism, they wanted to basically shut me up.
“Jeremy was repeatedly asked if he supported me or if he would make a statement supporting them. He said he didn’t get involved at local level, and didn’t make statements about local constituency parties.
“I don’t feel there’s a huge amount of difference at the moment.“And some of those characters are still around and still organising against me.”
Ms Duffield, 50, has said she is now “tempted” to defect to the Tory party after she has faced months of harassment on social media for expressing gender-critical views.
She was branded transphobic after liking a tweet saying that women were people with cervixes.
But most recently, Ms Duffield was accused of moving 200 miles away from her constituency, which she has represented since 2017, in order to be with her partner in Wrexham.
Ms Duffield described the allegations as “personal, libellous, nasty and fictional c**p”.
Months of harassment has meant Ms Duffield tells the local police where she is going “almost all the time”.
She said Labour had become “two parties:”.
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She told Chopper’s Politics podcast: “The issue is we’re not really telling the truth about the make-up of the Labour Party.
“It is two parties and it’s still two parties.
“We’ve got the Corbynistas’ wing and we’ve got the more centrists. It’s very lovely that Keir wants to unite everyone and wants to kind of get rid of people that are difficult and problematic.
“But it hasn’t happened yet, and those people are digging down all the time.”
“He’s pledged to unite the party and to support both wings. But personally, I don’t see how that is possible.”
This comes despite Sir Keir trying hard to restore the party’s electability, by distancing himself from Mr Corbyn’s far left.
The Labour leader has attempted to break away definitively from the Corbyn era and reduce Labour’s reliance on left-wing unions.
Ms Duffield said it was “tempting to go somewhere where you don’t have to battle your own tiny faction of your own membership”.
But she doesn’t know how she would “square” issues that she didn’t agree on with the Tories.
A Labour Party spokesman said: “Rosie is a valued member of the PLP. Keir and the Labour Party continue to offer her our full support.”
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