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Labour candidate: I was raped in ‘politically motivated attack’

By Alan McGuinness, political reporter

A Labour parliamentary candidate has said her drink was spiked and she was raped in a "politically motivated attack".

Speaking out about the attack on her Facebook page, Emily Owen said she did not report the incident when it happened last year.

But Ms Owen, the party's candidate for Aberconwy in North Wales, said she had decided to share her story after Labour activist and journalist Owen Jones was attacked outside a London pub in August.

Image: Labour activist and journalist Owen Jones was attacked outside a London pub in August

Mr Jones said the attack was a premeditated move by "far right" activists.

Ms Owen, 25, said that "candidates and MPs up and down the country from all parties, including myself, are being subjected to horrific abuse daily and it's absolutely not acceptable".

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Ms Owen said she did not report the rape to police for "numerous reasons" and that she has "turned my anger into forgiveness of my rapist but I have something else to say".

"There are some sets of people I can't forgive.

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"As Owen Jones used his platform when he was attacked I will use my (somewhat smaller) platform to stand up and be counted, speaking up for those who feel their voices can't be heard.

"There are thousands of people who are being attacked every day by the far right for simply being themselves.

"I will not sit by and allow that to happen."

Taking aim at Boris Johnson, she said: "For the first time in our history, we have a prime minister whom the far right regard as their leader.

"People are being attacked in the street, threats on social media are increasing, hate speech is now common and there is a real feeling of unease throughout the country. Make no mistake, this movement is real and it's happening now.

Diane Abbott during the Pride Of Britain Awards 2018
Image: Diane Abbott said Emily Owen was 'incredibly brave' for speaking out

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