Joanna Cherry ‘taking some time out’ for health reasons

Edinburgh South West MP posted message on Twitter saying she is stepping away from her duties.

Joanna Cherry ‘taking some time out’ for health reasons PA Media

SNP MP Joanna Cherry has announced she is “taking some time out” for health reasons.

The politician said on Twitter that she will be away from her duties, but that her constituency office would continue operating.

Controversy has surrounded Cherry recently over her stance on transphobia and women’s rights.

She tweeted on Thursday: “A wee personal announcement. I’m taking some time out for health reasons.

“My constituency office will continue to deal with all enquiries. I hope my privacy will be respected. Thank you.”

Cherry has previously told of an 18-month campaign of abuse she was subjected to due to her support for women’s sex-based rights.

The Edinburgh South West MP was removed from her post as the SNP’s justice and home affairs spokeswoman at Westminster, having come in for criticism over her stance on transgender issues.

The SNP said she was removed from the frontbench because of “unacceptable behaviour” – not because of her views.