Labour was caught up in a sexism storm today as party officials denied accusations of gender segregation at a key by-election campaign meeting.
Political rivals seized on photos from an event in support of the party’s Oldham West and Royton by-election candidate Jim McMahon, which appear to show guests largely separated between men and women.
Labour are desperately trying to cling on to the constituency amid fears Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership could see them lose a seat they won with a majority of more than 14,000 votes as recently as May.
The seat was vacated following the death of Michael Meacher in October, with the veteran MP having represented the area in Parliament for more than 45 years.
Last night’s event, organised by the Labour Friends of Bangladesh group, was attended by Oldham council leader Mr McMahon as well as Labour MPs Shabana Mahmood, Rushanara Ali and Debbie Abrahams.
Photos posted on Twitter by Oldham East and Saddleworth MP Ms Abrahams later sparked allegations men and women had been separated at the event.