The unnamed male activist is said to have harassed women’s officer Anne Ruzylo (pictured)
Every member of a local Labour Party executive committee has quit in support of a colleague who was allegedly bullied by a transgender rights campaigner.
The unnamed male activist is said to have harassed women’s officer Anne Ruzylo for months after they disagreed over ‘gender identity’ issues.
Miss Ruzylo, 52, claims the fellow party member carried out a smear campaign against her.
A leaked letter revealed the committee all resigned over what they believe to be Labour’s failure to deal with ‘disciplinary complaints’ regarding the reported abuse.
The six executive committee members in Bexhill and Battle, East Sussex, wrote that the alleged bullying had ‘seriously damaged’ their ability to function, and they had been forced to spend their time ‘being siphoned away into internal disciplinary matters’ instead of ‘fighting the Tories’.
‘We have been deeply disappointed by a lack of meaningful, timely and decisive action from regional and national party structures to support the executive committee in addressing these disciplinary issues,’ the letter added.
The unidentified activist, who is not transgender but is a passionate supporter of those who are, allegedly tried to prevent Miss Ruzylo, from Bexhill-on-Sea, from voicing her concerns at meetings. He supports Government plans to reform the legal definition of man and woman, but Miss Ruzylo believes critics’ fears of appearing politically incorrect could prevent proper scrutiny of the legislation.
He also described her as a ‘Terf’, a derogatory term that stands for ‘trans-exclusionary radical feminist’, on social media. Miss Ruzylo was also accused of ‘transphobia’ in three formal complaints – one reportedly from Lily Madigan, 19, formerly a boy called Liam who identifies as female.
Miss Ruzylo was also accused of ‘transphobia’ in three formal complaints – one reportedly from Lily Madigan, 19, (pictured) formerly a boy called Liam who identifies as female.
She made the headlines last year when she sought legal advice after her school threatened to suspend her for wearing a girl’s uniform.
Miss Madigan, from Kent, demanded that Miss Ruzylo be removed from her job over some of the women’s officer’s tweets, which she regarded as transphobic.
Former prison officer Miss Ruzylo, who is a lesbian, told The Times she felt ‘violated’, adding that the way she had been silenced was ‘disgusting’.
She added: ‘Debate is not hate. If we can’t talk about gender laws and get shut down on that, what’s next? We’re going back to the days of McCarthyism. It is disgraceful.’
The local Labour Party has now been left without an executive committee and will have to call an early AGM to elect new members. Bexhill and Battle is a Conservative constituency.
A Labour South-East spokesman insisted the party took all complaints ‘extremely seriously’ and had ‘robust procedures’.