‘Orwellian Betrayal Of Women’ – Feminist Slams Labour
A feminist activist within the Labour Party was asked to leave a Christmas party because her presence was making others feel ‘unsafe’. Venice Allan, 42, was told she had to leave the Labour Womens Net party because she was making Lily Madigan – the first transgender person to be elected as a women’s officer – feel uncomfortable.
Miss Allan has espoused anti-transgender views in the past, including posting a Facebook photo of a T-shirt with the slogan: ‘Trans rights erase women’s rights.’ She said that she wanted to discuss with other women plans by the government to change the Gender Recognition Act which will allow a person to decide their gender without having to undergo medical testing.
She wrote on Twitter:
‘I wasn’t disruptive or rude as many witnesses can confirm. I am waiting for an explanation and apology from Labour Women’s Network.’
She added: ‘I wanted to speak to other Labour women about the proposals to change the Gender Recognition Act. It was an exceptionally safe space. How can they keep on silencing and censoring women like this?’
The spurious pretext used was that Miss Allan took a selfie with Miss Madigan in the background. She was asked to stop leafleting regarding the Gender Recognition Act and complied with the instruction but was still asked to leave.
Miss Madigan said that the radical feminist had been ‘rightly removed’ from the event:
“Venice Allan was rightly removed from the @LabourWomensNet event yesterday. I didn’t ask for her removal but I found her presence uncomfortable in light of her personal attacks on me.”
This directly contradicts the version of events put forward by Miss Allan who said that the two had a somewhat awkward but friendly exchange. On Twitter, the controversy has seemed to center around a meme which Miss Allan is said to have endorsed but she denies doing so, saying that she has been telling people to ‘leave Lily [Miss Madigan] alone’.