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Lord Cashman has Labour whip suspended over Rosie Duffield ‘frit or lazy’ claim

Lord Cashman has apologised for his comment aimed at Labour candidate Ms Duffield.

Lord Michael Cashman has been criticised
Lord Michael Cashman has been criticised (Ian West/PA)

Former EastEnders star Lord Cashman has had the Labour whip suspended for suggesting Rosie Duffield was scared or lazy after she called off local hustings over safety concerns.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said the peer’s comments were “particularly inappropriate”.

Ms Duffield, who is standing for re-election in Canterbury, has been the target of abuse over her defence of women’s rights and female-only spaces.

Labour candidate Rosie Duffield has cancelled hustings on safety grounds )
Labour candidate Rosie Duffield has cancelled hustings on safety grounds ) (Kirsty O'Connor/PA)

Former Labour MEP Lord Cashman commented on a social media post about Ms Duffield’s decision, saying she was “Frit. Or lazy”.

Sir Keir told reporters on a campaign visit that what Lord Cashman said was “particularly inappropriate and that’s why the support of the whip was withdrawn as it was very swiftly”.

Ms Duffield said the “extremely difficult decision” to cancel local hustings was made because the “actions of a few fixated individuals” had affected her “sense of security and wellbeing”.

She has faced allegations of transphobia about her defence of female-only spaces.

After the backlash to his remarks, Lord Cashman said: “I apologise unreservedly for a post that I put out regarding the Labour candidate for Canterbury. I fully understand any complaints that will be sent to the Labour Party.”