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Harry Potter writer JK Rowling has accused Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer of “abandoning women” involved about transgender rights.

The author, who mentioned she had voted for the Labour Party all her life, mentioned she felt she would battle to vote for Mr Starmer within the July General Election.

Writing within the Times, she mentioned: “As long as Labour remains dismissive and often offensive towards women fighting to retain the rights their foremothers thought were won for all time, I’ll struggle to support them.

“The women who wouldn’t wheesht (be quiet) didn’t leave Labour. Labour abandoned them.”

Adding she had beforehand been a member of the occasion and a donor – however not just lately – Ms Rowling mentioned she desires “to want to vote Labour”.

In 2021, Mr Starmer mentioned that feedback by MP Rosie Duffield that solely girls have a cervix as “something that shouldn’t be said and were not right”.

On Thursday night time, Mr Starmer mentioned he agreed with considered one of his predecessors Sir Tony Blair, saying “biologically, a woman is with a vagina and a man is with a penis”.

Ms Duffield, who’s at the moment standing for re-election for Labour in Canterbury, has mentioned she is just not attending hustings within the constituency as a result of safety considerations – and that she has spent £2,000 on bodyguards whereas on the marketing campaign path.

In her piece within the Times, Ms Rowling claimed the Labour chief had supplied the candidate actually no assist over abuse and threats she had obtained – a few of which Rowling claimed had been from throughout the Labour Party itself.

“The impression given by Starmer at Thursday’s debate was that there had been something unkind, something toxic, something hard line, in Rosie’s words, even though almost identical words had sounded perfectly reasonable when spoken by Tony Blair.”

She continued: “For left-leaning women like us, this isn’t, and never has been, about trans people enjoying the rights of every other citizen, and being free to present and identify however they wish.

“This is about the right of women and girls to assert their boundaries. It’s about freedom of speech and observable truth.

“It’s about waiting, with dwindling hope, for the left to wake up to the fact that its lazy embrace of a quasi-religious ideology is having calamitous consequences.”