This CLP notes with concern that Apsana Begum MP has been subjected to a sustained campaign of misogynistic abuse and harassment which has led to a significant effect on her mental and physical health. She was signed off from work on 12th June.
This comes after then-Labour controlled Tower Hamlets Council took a court case against her, in which she was forced to reveal her experience of domestic abuse by her former husband, a Labour councillor. After a gruelling trial, Apsana was fully exonerated.
Apsana has subsequently suffered further during her trigger ballot, in which there have been allegations of rule-breaking and misogynistic intimidation. Three additional affiliates have been notified midway through the trigger process, which she is now too unwell to participate in. As Apsana says this treatment “will be all too familiar to women, socialists and those from minority ethnic backgrounds.”
We expect more from the Labour Party.
The CLP resolves that:
- The allegations of rule-breaking and intimidation be fully investigated by the Party;
- The CLP Secretary sends a message of solidarity and support to Apsana and publicises it and this motion on our social media;
- The CLP Secretary writes to the General Secretary, the Secretary of London Region and to the CLP delegates on the NEC expressing our solidarity with Apsana, and our disgust at her treatment.
Marion Roberts (Peckham Rye branch)
Caterina Lai Cullinane (Peckham Rye Branch)