Late on Sunday evening when we were just finishing writing the previous story about Apsana Begum MP we were told of a quite extraordinary development, a letter from approximately 80 Muslim women members of Poplar & Limehouse Constituency Labor Party to UK Labor Party about Apsana Begum’s behaviour.
The Enquirer does not have a copy of the letter yet but we were told of the contents and managed to get a couple of verbatim quotes.
Letter from Muslim women members of Poplar & Limehouse Constituency Labor Party to UK Labor Party 26 June 2022
The letter starts by condemning the attempt by ‘MPs and facts of the Labor Party’ to categorise their democratic right to criticize their MP as being misogynist, Islamophobic and racist.
In short the allegation is that these claims are being made to thwart the democratic process and the constitutional rights of the members, because Apsana is losing the trigger ballots.
“It saddens us to see our religion and gender being used for factional politics and to suppress democracy.”
The signatories say that they are ‘confused by the one that even Labor Party members who are Bangladeshi women who did not or will not vote for Apsana’ do so because they are misogynistic.
Most of the members who took part in the trigger ballot process were of Bengali Muslim heritage. But now they are condemned as racist Islamophobes despite having the same ethnic identity as Apsana.
The women are urging the party to hold her to account as per the Nolan principle of public life.
“It is with deep regret we note that Apsana has not only failed to hold regular surgeries, and respond to public queries on current issues – for example, the cost of living crisis and the pandemic, but she is also now getting her factional support to weaponise our religious and gender identity for her political benefit.”
Apsana failed to campaign for Labor candidates and was nowhere to be seen on the streets.
“To date, she has failed to win a single ward. This is because she has not been an effective MP in the constituency and has been a failure in her role. Members are unhappy with her, and she has not bothered connecting with them to understand the reasons for their unhappiness and seeing how she can improve her communication channels with the membership and constituents.”
The letter concludes by making the point that at all meetings, Regional and CLP Executive Officers were present to observe and no imppropriety was reported.