Labor MP Rosie Duffield will be arrested for calling Eddie Izzard a woman (Rosie Duffield/Facebook and David M Bennett/Getty Images)

Rosie Duffield has reportedly said she would rather be arrested than call Labor hopeful Eddie Izzard a woman.

Speaking at a conference for the anti-trans campaign group LGB Alliance, Duffield reportedly spoke out against the possibility that assigning one’s wrong gender could constitute a hate crime.

According to Kent Onlinethe Canterbury MP claimed he would be arrested if the law came into force, singled out Transcomic Izzard, who launched his bid to become Labor’s parliamentary candidate for Sheffield Central in early October.

“Is this a serious matter? Is it coming to Parliament any time soon? Duffield reportedly said.

“I hope not because you can arrest me too. I’m not calling Eddie Izzard a woman.

Duffield Criticized too Pink News for coverage of his comments about transgender people at the LGB Alliance conference, claiming the outlet emailed him and his staff “within an inch of our lives” for comment on his statements. What is “troll” by sending mails?

Duffield has previously drawn widespread criticism for his outspoken remarks, including one The BBC appearance in November 2021, in which he repeatedly referred to trans women as “male bodies”.

Speaking out against the placement of trans women in women’s prisons and hospital wards, she said that cis women “have the right to at least debate or talk about whether people in a man’s body are allowed to enter single-s*x spaces”.

Two Duffield staff resigned in 2020 over his views, including a cis gay staffer.

The MP has previously criticized Izzard’s political running, and threatened to quit the Labor Party if Izzard is selected to stand on the women’s shortlist at the next general election.

She reportedly told a Labor Women’s Declaration (LWD) discussion group at the Labor conference in September, Duffield said: “I’m not going to lie. I’m not going to say the man is a woman. Eddie Izzard is not a woman.

“I’m certainly not the only female Labor MP who would leave the party if Eddie Izzard were to make the all-female shortlist.”

Izzard, who publicly requested the use of pronouns in 2020, announced his bid to become an MP, saying “Labour ideals of fairness and equality have been central to my life”.

Duffield vehemently denies that she is transphobic and says she supports the LGBTQ+ community.

Pink News Duffield has been contacted for comment.


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