Rebecca Long-Bailey sparks Labour row after pledging to fight ‘transphobic’ women’s groups

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02/11/2020

Rebecca Long-Bailey has triggered a furious row after signing up to a campaign to “fight” women’s groups branded “transphobic” and to expel offending party members. The Labour leadership contender has urged others to join her backing for a 12-point plan put forward by a group called Labour Campaign for Trans Rights. It demands the expulsion of anyone putting forward “bigoted transphobic views” – and names Women’s Place UK and the LGB Alliance as “transphobic organisations” that must be resisted. Women’s Place, a group of Labour members campaigning to keep women-only spaces, said it “absolutely” denied that it was transphobic and called the accusation “defamatory”. “We call on the Labour Party to demonstrate its opposition to this misogynistic abuse of women. Defend us or expel us,” it said, in a statement.

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