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Labour MP Apsana Begum ‘signed off sick’ following ‘sustained campaign of misogynistic abuse’

LABOUR MP Apsana Begum will be taking time off work due to the strain caused by a “sustained campaign of misogynistic abuse and harassment.” 

The Limehouse and Poplar MP said in a statement on Twitter on Wednesday that she has been “signed off sick,” by her GP after being hospitalised, writing that “this abusive campaign has had a significant effect on my mental and physical health.” 

As a survivor of domestic abuse, Ms Begum said this has been “particularly painful and difficult.” 

This means the MP will not participate in a trigger ballot — a Labour procedure in which local party and affiliate branches vote on whether they would like to undergo a full process to select their candidate to contest the seat at the next general election.

Complaints have allegedly been sent to regional party headquarters concerning intimidation and harassment towards women during the process, Labourlist reported. 

Ms Begum said the Labour Party must do “all it can to ensure that such behaviour is never tolerated.”

Her statement prompted a flood of solidarity messages. 

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