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Labour MP Rosie Duffield is investigated by her party for liking tweet

A Labour MP is being investigated by party officials after she liked a tweet saying trans people are 'mostly heterosexuals cosplaying as the opposite sex and as gay'.  

Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield, 50, is now facing a backlash from activists after liking the post by American rapper Kurtis Tripp, accusing trans people of 'colonising gay culture' and appropriating the word 'queer'. 

The affiliated group LGBT+ Labour has pressured party leader Sir Keir Starmer to remove the whip from Ms Duffield, The Times reports. 

The group's chairwoman, Alex Beverley, urged the party to prove it does not 'tolerate transphobia', telling the Labour List website: 'This recent endorsement of extremely homophobic and transphobic comments by Rosie Duffield is yet another example in a consistent pattern of behaviour.

Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield, 50, is now facing a backlash from activists

She had liked a post by American rapper Kurtis Tripp, accusing trans people of 'colonising gay culture' and appropriating the word 'queer'

Harry Potter author J K Rowling tweeted her support for Ms Duffield

'We feel we have exhausted all other options and now must publicly call for the whip to be removed from Rosie Duffield and for her to be suspended from the Parliamentary Labour Party.

'The party must demonstrate that it stands with the LGBT+ community and that it will not tolerate transphobia or homophobia from our membership or elected officials.'

Ms Duffield had been a member of Keir Starmer's front bench until she stood down for breaking lockdown rules earlier this year

A Labour spokeswoman said the party 'takes all complaints of homophobia or transphobia extremely seriously' and these are 'fully investigated'. 

Ms Duffield had been a member of Keir Starmer's front bench until she stood down for breaking lockdown rules earlier this year. 

Harry Potter author J K Rowling tweeted her support for Ms Duffield.

She wrote: 'In news that will amaze precisely nobody, #IStandwithRosieDuffield (late to this, I've been wrestling a tricky chapter)'.

SNP MP for Edinburgh South West, Joanna Cherry QC, tweeted: 'Standing up for #womensrights & the right of the same sex attracted to define ourselves as such is not transphobia.

'It’s time political parties put a stop to this bullying. As a lesbian I’m proud to call @RosieDuffield1 my friend. #IStandWithRosieDuffield'.

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