Labour MP Rosie Duffield is invited to join Tories through ‘informal channels’ after she was forced to miss her party conference amid safety concerns over transgender rights row

  • Canterbury MP Rose Duffield stayed away from Labour’s annual conference in Brighton ‘for her own protection’
  • ‘Informal Tory channels’ have said Ms Duffield is welcome in Boris Johnson’s party
  • But Ms Duffield, who liked a tweet suggesting ‘individuals with a cervix’ should be called a woman, says she is not about to jump ship

A Labour MP at the centre of a row over transgender rights has been invited to join the Tories. 

Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield, who stayed away from Labour’s annual conference in Brighton a fortnight ago for her own safety, has been told through ‘informal Tory channels’ that she is welcome in Boris Johnson’s party. 

The approach emerged after The Mail on Sunday revealed last week that three Labour MPs were thinking of defecting as they were disenchanted with leader Sir Keir Starmer. 

Canterbury MP Rosie Duffield has been told through ‘informal Tory channels’ that she is welcome in Boris Johnson’s party

Ms Duffield, who has incurred the wrath of trans activists for liking a tweet suggesting ‘individuals with a cervix’ should be called a woman, said this weekend that she was ‘not about to jump ship’.

She tweeted: ‘Sorry to disappoint but I’ve been a bit too busy today holding a surgery for our Afghan refugees to be bothering with jumping to another political party.’

Last month, Ms Duffield revealed that she and ‘lots of women’ have repeatedly asked to meet party leader Keir Starmer to discuss the abuse she and other women have faced online from trans rights activists, but ‘it hasn’t happened yet’.

Ms Duffield, who won her seat in 2017 from the Conservatives, has claimed in the past that she has been branded transphobic for ‘knowing that only women have a cervix’.

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