Is the Labour Party deliberately abusing a former victim of domestic abuse?
Apsana Begum has spoken of being a victim of domestic abuse, coercive control and financial abuse during her short marriage to a Tower Hamlets councillor, Ehtashamul Haque, between 2013 and 2015.
She was falsely accused of council housing fraud and had to go through a lengthy trial, at the end of which she was cleared of all charges.
Hearing that details of Apsana's home address contained in a potentially libellous and intimidatory letter sent to Apsana has been emailed to all Blackwall & Cubitt town LP Member by their branch secretary (the chair of this branch is the suspended Councillor Haque).
— Tower Hamlets Momentum (@THMomentum) November 4, 2021
The day after a massive data breach by the Labour Party is revealed I learn of a Tower Hamlets branch chair circulating private information about an MP who is a survivor of DV. And another member misusing his role as a Magistrate and making threats to her. Utter disgrace.
— Pamela Fitzpatrick (@PamelaFitzNWC) November 4, 2021
These are just allegations. This Writer cannot vouch for their veracity or make any claims as to who may be responsible for whatever has happened.
But doesn’t it seem strange that the Labour Party under Keir Starmer seems to have less regard for the well-being of one of its own MPs than under alleged racist (but we all know that was another nonsense allegation, right?) Jeremy Corbyn?
Ms Begum seems remarkably upbeat about it:
I am a survivor of domestic abuse.
I will not be silenced by intimidation and harassment.
I will not be deterred by misogyny, racism & Islamophobia.
The trust that constituents put in me to be their MP was humbling & I will continue to represent their interests in Parliament.
— Apsana Begum MP (@ApsanaBegumMP) November 4, 2021
But the question remains: what is going on in Tower Hamlets and why hasn’t the Labour leadership clamped down and announced an investigation – possibly, considering the situation, involving the police?