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Watch: “You have no right to call me a whore” – Labour MP

Says cremation law should be discussed by January

Labour MP Rosianne Cutajar says she can take in any form of criticism but will not tolerate misogynist verbal violence any longer.

“If I’m vociferous in my arguments it doesn’t give you a right to call me a whore. Say you disagree with me, call me ignorant if you wish. But don’t call me a whore because that’s sexism... I've faced this abuse since 2012," the young MP told Times Talk

Ms Cutajar was defending her decision to file two separate libel suits against two people who allegedly denigrated her on Facebook.

The Facebook posts cited by Ms Cutajar in her libel suits allegedly likened her to a “prostitute” and a “call girl”.

"The slur ("qisa qaħba f’xalata") was not used metaphorically. I was called a prostitute," she protested.

She also defended her social media spat with Portuguese MEP Ana Gomes, a vocal critic of the Labour government.

Ms Gomes has roped in Europol after a controversial portal published defamatory content against her, which was then shared by Ms Cutajar.

"I made a political point asking Ms Gomes to explain the contents of that report. The point is Ana Gomes continues to repeat lies."

Ms Cutajar also defended her comments after she told Ms Gomes she had no right to express concern about the lack of progress in finding the people who commissioned the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia – because police in Portugal never got to the bottom of the Madeleine McCann abduction case.

The Labour MP is currently spearheading a new cremation bill, which she says should come up for discussion in parliament by January. 

She says she is convinced there was enough demand for cremation to make it viable, pointing out that around 10 cremations a month are currently being sought abroad.

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