Apsana Begum said that the Labor Party “failed in its duty of care with regard to my health and well-being” after she faced “a sustained and relentless campaign of abuse and harassment.”
in statement Via social media this morning, Labor MP for Poplar and Limehouse in east London announced that she has today begun a “gradual return” to work “having signed on to illness since 12 June”.
“While I feel better than I was, it saddens me to say that the Labor Party has failed in its duty of care with regard to my health and well-being. I have faced a relentless and constant campaign of abuse and harassment, which has even included malicious lawsuits seeking to send me to prison,” I wrote.
I am still awaiting the outcome of the investigation into the behavior and actions of my ex-husband and others. I would like to record the stress and hurt that this process has caused me, and I believe that the recent stirring has been used to reinforce the domestic abuse and harassment I have already been subjected to.”
A local party process determines who will compete for Labor seats. work list Revealing earlier this year that a first tranche of 14, followed later by an additional 21 CLPs, allowed CLPs to begin a full selection process.
When there is already an incumbent Labor deputy, an electoral college of local party branches and organizations (branches of trade unions and socialist societies) affiliated with the CLP votes first on whether the deputy will automatically remain as the Labor Party candidate or whether he has the full selection process.
Local members voted for a full selection process in July amid allegations of a “continued campaign of anti-women abuse and harassment” against the current Labor MP. The party was urged to stop the “polling” process in light of allegations of intimidation and harassment.
Complaints are sent to regional party headquarters from local members, and see them work list At the time, concerns were raised about the way some members behaved at meetings where the vote was taken.
One complaint alleged that a group of members disrupted voting in Lansbury and Poplar and attempted to stop the distribution of the Whip Speaker’s report on the MP and a statement from Begum. Others raised fears of intimidation and harassment of women throughout the process.
Labor MP for Poplar and Limehouse is a domestic abuse survivor. She told a court last year – before being acquitted of three charges of housing fraud – that her ex-husband was “controlling and coercive”.
Begum wrote today: “The Labor Party has shown a lack of understanding in terms of addressing domestic violence, including post-breakup harassment. I feel a duty to all abuse survivors to challenge what happened…
“I do not accept the legitimacy of trigger ballot, steeped in rule-breaking, intimidation and harassment, which was, at least, by those close to my ex-husband when I was sick.”
Begum added that she had expressed her concerns in writing with Labor Secretary General David Evans, and confirmed the notice sent on July 19 that she was “seeking advice and considering legal action”.
“My plight was also due to being elected on an anti-austerity, anti-imperialist socialist platform – and that I stood firmly on these principles and the locals regardless of the consequences,” she said.
Charitable Association for Combating Domestic Violence to Help Women Said earlier this year: “Solidarity with [Begum]. All parties must ensure that domestic violence survivors do not experience further harassment in their roles, and understand the impact that ongoing abuse can have. Violence against women must always be taken seriously.”
A member of the local executive body of the party work list In June “All procedures were followed in accordance with [national executive committee] Procedural guidelines” with “close supervision of the regional party”.
They said the Executive was taking allegations of wrongdoing “very seriously” and stated that there was no sub-meeting “any wrongdoing concerns were raised at the time with the Executive Committee member nominated to oversee the proceedings.”
Below is the full text of Begum’s statement.
Today I am starting a gradual return after being signed off on the disease since June 12th. While I feel better than I was, it saddens me to say that I believe that the Labor Party has failed in its duty of care with respect to my health and safety. I faced a relentless and constant campaign of abuse and harassment, which even included malicious lawsuits seeking to send me to prison.
I am still awaiting the outcome of the investigation into the behavior and actions of my ex-husband and others. I would like to put on record the stress and hurt this process has caused me, and I believe the recent launch has been used to further the abuse and domestic harassment I have already been exposed to.
I want to make it clear: I will not be silenced.
As the APPG Chair on Domestic Violence and Domestic Violence, I believe that the Labor Party has shown a lack of understanding in terms of addressing domestic violence, including post-breakup harassment. I feel a duty to all survivors of abuse to challenge what happened. I have been contacted by women from all over the UK and locally, concerned about the treatment I have received.
I do not accept the legitimacy of trigger polls, steeped in rule-breaking, intimidation, and harassment, which was, at least, by those close to my ex-husband when I was sick. I have written to General Secretary David Evans stating my views and confirming the notice already sent (July 19) to Labor that I am seeking advice and considering legal action.
I am fully aware that the undemocratic shock of recent months is extremely devastating to the party and the local population. It has always been clear to me that my plight was also due to my election on an anti-austerity, anti-imperialist socialist platform – and that I stood firm on these principles and the locals regardless of the consequences.
Labor members deserve true democratic accountability and empowerment. I have learned that there have been approximately fifty complaints lodged with the party in connection with the preliminary ballot. Until the party addresses the issues at hand, especially the treatment of local women, a just, equitable, secure or democratic process cannot take place.
I would like once again to thank everyone, everywhere, for all the solidarity you have shown. I am especially grateful to my staff and office for continuing to support voters in my absence. I know that many in our communities and across the country are struggling with a cost-of-living crisis – with rising bills, actual government cuts to pensions and public benefits, and “the real worst pressure on wages in the G7”.
Rest assured, I will prioritize representing and defending the people of Poplar and Limehouse during this difficult time – whether it’s in Parliament, in picket lines, or campaigning in our communities.
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