Labour party ‘hypocrites’ for putting ‘political correctness ahead of equality and British culture’, claims a UKIP MEP after men and women sat in separate rows during an event in Oldham.
The meeting, organised by the party’s Friends of Bangladesh group, was held ahead of Thursday’s crucial by-election in Oldham.
Critics believe splitting up the sexes at the party-run event was ‘shameful’ and accused Labour of compromising British values to win votes.
UKIP’s North West MEP Louise Bours said: “Once again Labour has put baffling political correctness ahead of equality and British culture.
“To the majority of British people these segregations are unacceptable, and Labour should not have gone ahead with the meeting under such circumstances.
“By proceeding with this blatant illustration of inequality and division Labour has either compromised their ethics for the sake of votes, or they didn’t have any to begin with.
“It is utter hypocrisy. After the child abuse scandals of Rochdale, Rotherham and elsewhere due to political correctness, I think we can be confident Labour has always had dubious ethics.”
The photographs of the event in Oldham West and Royton, where one in five voters is from an ethnic minority, shows Asian men and women sitting in separate rows.
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A Labour party spokesperson has since rebutted UKIP’s accusations, claiming that the imposition of gender segregation is ‘absolutely untrue’.
They added that UKIP are ‘clutching at straws’ because they are unable to answer the ‘real issues facing voters in Oldham’.
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