For the duration of my time as a Member of Parliament, I have been subjected to a sustained campaign of misogynistic abuse and harassment. As a survivor of domestic abuse, it has been particularly painful and difficult. This abusive campaign has had a significant effect on my mental and physical health.
On Sunday 12th June, I had to attend hospital and was subsequently signed off sick by my GP. It is hard to have to take time off from my work representing the constituency in which I grew up and live, and for which it is my honour to serve as the MP. Thanks to my staff, my office will continue to support constituents until I am able to return to work.
As I am unwell, I have not been able to participate in the Labour Party’s internal trigger ballot process for a while. However, I would like to extend my thanks for the support shown by so many members who have attended meetings over recent weeks.
I am very concerned by the wider circumstances surrounding the trigger ballot process. This has included complaints of alleged rule-breaking and alleged misogynistic intimidation. It is vital that the Party investigates these complaints properly and takes the appropriate action.
Regrettably, the treatment I have faced will be all too familiar to women, socialists, and those from minority ethnic backgrounds.
If the Labour Party is to be the party of equality, it must do all it can to ensure that such behaviour is never tolerated.
I would like to thank people in Poplar and Limehouse and across the UK for all the support and solidarity that you have shown once again over recent weeks.
I thank the organisations, trades unions, and so many others who have issued statements of support.
I will see you all once I am better.