This piece is in today’s Mail on Sunday. Excerpts:
Labour’s Shadow Minister for domestic violence was an ‘abusive bully’ who terrified her former husband and cost him £200,000 in their divorce settlement, a friend claimed last night…
But a friend of Mr Hoyland, 59, a best-selling author and mountaineer who was the 15th Briton to climb Mount Everest, last night accused Miss Champion of ‘distorting the truth’ and playing down the incident.
He told The Mail on Sunday the row was really about a pre-nuptial agreement signed before they wed in 1999 – and suggested it was not the first and only time she had hit Mr Hoyland. [my emphasis]
The friend said: ‘In retrospect, Graham was stupid to have married Sarah. She was an attractive, vivacious woman but also very harassing and abusive during their marriage. He became terrified of her.
‘The argument that saw Graham call the police was over a pre-nuptial agreement. They both received cautions, which was something Derbyshire Police did at the time, but there was no doubt that Graham had called 999 and was the victim.’…
He added that Mr Hoyland felt aggrieved, that despite the abuse and harassment he suffered during the marriage, Miss Champion still ‘ended up walking away with £200,000’ in the divorce settlement.’ Mr Hoyland said last night: ‘I can confirm I was the victim of the attack by Sarah Champion. It’s embarrassing to have to admit your wife attacked you, but perhaps this is an issue that needs to be talked about.’…
Charities and domestic violence campaigners last night called for Miss Champion to resign.
Mike Buchanan, leader of Justice for Men and Boys, said: ‘Sarah Champion should stand down. If this was a male politician, it would be inconceivable that they could remain in this position having admitted that they have a caution for domestic violence.’
But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn backed her to continue in her job yesterday, telling his party’s women’s conference in Liverpool: ‘I know everyone in this room today will want to join me in just simply saying this to Sarah Champion, “You have our total, full and absolutely warm support.”’
Jeremy Corbyn is, then, a domestic violence apologist – when the perpetrator is a woman, and the victim a man, anyway. This is consistent with the virulently anti-male positions he’s taken in other areas. In July 2015, when he was a leadership candidate, he published Working With Women, a feminist tract which led to people suggesting his party be renamed The Labour Party.
Corbyn is a supporter of the criminal offence of Male Genital Mutilation, as reported by The Jewish Chronicle – here.
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