Eddie Izzard FAILS in attempt to become an MP as comic loses bid to be Labour candidate

Eddie Izzard FAILS to become MP as Labor members opt out of Comic as their election candidate in Sheffield Central

  • Eddie Izzard fails in his attempt to be elected Labor candidate in Sheffield Central
  • Comic loses to local councilor Abtisam Mohamed in Yorkshire constituency
  • The contest to become Labor’s candidate had been marked by a ‘transphobic’ row

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Eddie Izzard failed in his bid to become an MP after Labor members opted not to elect the comedian as their candidate for the general election at Sheffield Central.

The 60-year-old’s hopes of entering Westminster politics were dashed when local councilor Abtisam Mohamed was elected as Labor’s candidate in the South Yorkshire town.

Izzard, who previously discussed her fluid gender identity and requests to be referred to with the pronouns she/their, was one of three applicants defeated in the selection contest.

He had previously said he was the “right person” to represent the longtime Labor constituency, having had several previous connections with Sheffield.

The contest was sparked by Paul Blomfield, the current Labor MP, who announced in February that he would retire at the next general election after 12 years in Parliament.

The battle to become Labor’s candidate in Sheffield Central had been marked by a furious ‘transphobic’ row.

Eddie Izzard failed in his bid to become an MP after Labor members opted not to elect the comedian as their candidate for the general election at Sheffield Central.

Eddie Izzard failed in his bid to become an MP after Labor members opted not to elect the comedian as their candidate for the general election at Sheffield Central.

Izzard congratulated local councilor Abtisam Mohamed on being elected Labor candidate in the South Yorkshire town

Izzard congratulated local councilor Abtisam Mohamed on being elected Labor candidate in the South Yorkshire town

Izzard congratulated local councilor Abtisam Mohamed on being elected Labor candidate in the South Yorkshire town

Paul Blomfield, the incumbent Labor MP set to retire at the next general election, also congratulated Ms Mohamed.

Paul Blomfield, the incumbent Labor MP set to retire at the next general election, also congratulated Ms Mohamed.

Paul Blomfield, the incumbent Labor MP set to retire at the next general election, also congratulated Ms Mohamed.

Labour’s Rosie Duffield, MP for Canterbury, used a fringe event at the party’s conference in Liverpool in September to threaten to leave the party if Izzard was allowed on a women’s shortlist.

He also said: ‘Eddie Izzard is not a woman.’

Tory MP Lee Anderson, MP for Ashfield, came under fire after declaring that he would not “follow him to the toilets” if Izzard became MP.

She also questioned whether female representation in Parliament would “increase or decrease” with Izzard’s election.

In response to the comments, Izzard said that “some people have not joined the 21st century” and criticized “harassment” and “transphobic attitudes”.

Izzard is a former member of Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee and has previously spoken about running for London mayor.

Congratulated Ms Mohamed last night on her election as the Labor Party General Election candidate in Sheffield Central.

“She will be a good MP and I look forward to campaigning with her for months and years to come,” Izzard wrote on Twitter.

Mr Blomfield had been supporting Ms Mohamed in the contest and said he was “delighted” that local party members had selected her and predicted she would become a “brilliant MP”.

Blomfield won the Sheffield Central seat in the 2019 general election with a majority of over 27,000 votes.

The constituency has been in Labor hands since it was revived at the 1983 general election.

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