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Rosie Duffield, Labour MP for Canterbury, set to stand again at General Election as allegations over liking tweet dismissed

Kent’s only Labour MP says she has been cleared of allegations of antisemitism and transphobia and will stand again in the upcoming General Election.

Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield was investigated by her party after liking a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, from Father Ted writer Graham Linehan.

Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield has confirmed she will stand for re-election at the next general election
Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield has confirmed she will stand for re-election at the next general election

Mr Linehan was replying to a tweet from comedian Eddie Izzard, who had launched a bid to become an MP, which said: “I’m a trans superhero — but if I’d lived in Nazi Germany I’d have been murdered for it.”

The Irish comedy writer, who describes himself as a women’s rights campaigner, responded: “Ah, yes, the Nazis, famously bigoted against straight white men with blonde hair.”

Duffield liked the tweet in March 2023, sparking backlash from LGBT Labour, a campaign group, and was subsequently investigated by the Labour Party, the Sunday Times reported.

But Ms Duffield has now announced that the investigation has closed and expects her name will be on the ballot when Canterbury next goes to the polls.

Posting on X this afternoon, the 52-year-old said: “I was informed that the existing allegations, which had been confirmed by the Party to the Sunday Times, had been dismissed by the National Executive Committee.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer (Peter Byrne/PA)
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer (Peter Byrne/PA)

“There was no case to answer, and nothing I had done had breached any Labour Party rule – I was completely exonerated.

“That being the case, I anticipate that I will be formally confirmed as the Labour candidate for Canterbury shortly.”

She added: “Thank you again to everyone who has expressed support and solidarity in what has been a very difficult time. It has meant the world to me.”

It is not the first time the politician has come under fire from her own party.

She recently claimed leader Sir Keir Starmer had ostracised her for her stance on trans rights, likening being in the Labour Party “to an abusive relationship”.

The Labour Party has been approached for comment.

Rishi Sunak announced earlier today that he expects a General Election to be held in the second half of this year.

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