Labour must act on shouting down of female MPs amid calls for sanction over Rosie Duffield row
- Anneliese Dodds has been urged to ensure Lloyd Russell-Moyle is disciplined
- The Party Chair was told to condemn his ‘aggressive behaviour’ by the Tories
- Mr Russell-Moyle jeered Labour’s Rosie Duffield during a gender reform debate
Labour is today under growing pressure to take action against an MP who tried to shout down and intimidate women in the House of Commons.
Party chairman Anneliese Dodds has been urged by the Tories to condemn the ‘aggressive behaviour’ of Lloyd Russell-Moyle and ensure he is disciplined.
She has also been told Labour should apologise to the victims of his outburst – Labour MP Rosie Duffield and Tory Miriam Cates – to counter the damaging impression that Labour has a ‘woman problem’.
It comes after senior Labour MP Pat McFadden called on Mr Russell-Moyle to apologise for his behaviour in the heated debate over transgender law reform a week ago, in which he jeered Ms Duffield when she spoke up for women’s rights and branded Ms Cates transphobic.
Labour’s party chairman Anneliese Dodds has been urged by the Tories to condemn the ‘aggressive behaviour’ of Lloyd Russell-Moyle and ensure he is disciplined
Conservative deputy chairman Nickie Aiken wrote to Ms Dodds: ‘Last week your colleague Lloyd Russell-Moyle tried to silence and intimidate Miriam Cates MP.
In the same debate, your colleague Rosie Duffield MP was also subject to violent yells of disapproval.
Conservative deputy chairman Nickie Aiken said Rosie Duffield MP was ‘subject to violent yells of disapproval’
Senior Labour MP Pat McFadden called on Lloyd Russell-Moyle to apologise for his behaviour in the heated debate over transgender law reform a week ago, in which he jeered Ms Duffield
‘I hope you will use your position as shadow secretary of state for women and equalities to condemn Lloyd Russell-Moyle’s behaviour… and ensure the Labour Party disciplines him appropriately.
I also believe it is important that he and the Labour Party apologise to both [women].’
Ms Aiken also said Labour must act quickly ‘to stamp out any suggestion that it has an entrenched “woman problem”’, as Ms Duffield alleged.
Mr Russell-Moyle has admitted he ‘failed to control’ his ‘passion’ in the debate but said he stands by his words attacking Ms Cates.