Rosie Duffield resigns from frontbench after admitting lockdown breach

PUBLISHED: 10:06 31 May 2020 | UPDATED: 10:06 31 May 2020

Labour MP for Canterbury, Rosie Duffield, previously in the House of Commons. Photograph: PA.

Labour MP for Canterbury, Rosie Duffield, previously in the House of Commons. Photograph: PA.

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A Labour MP is no longer in a frontbench role after she admitted breaking lockdown rules.

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Rosie Duffield, MP for Canterbury, has apologised and is no longer a Labour whip after she met her partner while they were living separately, in breach of coronavirus restrictions.

The Mail on Sunday said that she met her married partner for a long walk in her constituency in April, and that the MP also did not deny he visited her constituency house.

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Duffield told the newspaper that the pair observed the two-metre social distancing rules, but these incidents were before meetings between people from different households was allowed.


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The pair are now thought to be living in the same property and her partner has separated from his wife.

In a statement Duffield said: “My partner and I have been attempting to navigate a difficult personal situation as responsibly as possible. I apologise that during that process, we breached the guidelines.

“A relationship breakdown is difficult at the best of times, let alone during a pandemic.

“I hope people can understand why I took the steps I did and know that I take responsibility for the breaches that occurred and for which I apologise.”

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