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The Times attacks trans teenager for applying to Jo Cox leadership programme

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The Times newspaper has repeatedly taken aim at a transgender teenager, most recently because she reportedly applied to the Jo Cox leadership programme.

The newspaper last week published an article criticising trans teenager Lily Madigan for being elected as the women’s officer for her local Labour Party after the previous post-holder was removed due to accusations of transphobia.

And has now quoted Labour members attacking Madigan for applying to the leadership programme founded after the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox last year.

The application, one member tells the Times, is a “monstrous insult” to women in the Labour party.

Another Momentum member said “women in the party are fuming” that Madigan has applied for a place on the programme.

But Madigan has tweeted to say she has not applied to the programme.

She wrote on Twitter: “Haven’t even applied. Shows what a joke the Times is”.

The Times attacks trans teenager for applying to Jo Cox leadership programme

Madigan, now 19, was last year forced to hire a solicitor after her school in Maidstone told the student she was not allowed to adhere to the female dress code, use female toilets or change in the female dressing room.

Times Lily Madigan
Times Lily Madigan

She later complained about tweets about gender identity sent by Anne Ruzylo, 52, a former women’s officer, which led to an investigation into the executive committee of Bexhill and Battle and Ms Ruzylo’s resignation.

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Madigan was later appointed as the women’s officer in the Rochester and Strood CLP.

But the Times has published several articles criticising Madigan.

Her application to the Jo Cox leadership programme “defies the whole point of the scheme”, states the most recent article.

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