Labour sack frontbencher over workplace bullying

One of Jeremy Corbyn’s most senior frontbenchers is sacked from Labour’s Shadow Cabinet after an investigation into bullying

  • Debbie Abrahams was removed as shadow work and pensions secretary 
  • It comes after a number of complaints about Miss Abrahams’ behaviour 
  • The Oldham East and Saddleworth MP strongly denied the allegations 

Debbie Abrahams was removed as shadow work and pensions secretary after a number of complaints about her behaviour

One of Jeremy Corbyn’s most senior frontbenchers was sacked from Labour’s shadow Cabinet last night after an investigation into workplace bullying.

Debbie Abrahams was removed as shadow work and pensions secretary after a number of complaints about her behaviour, understood to have been supported by several witnesses.

But the Oldham East and Saddleworth MP strongly denied the allegations and criticised the investigation.

Miss Abrahams, 57, said: ‘I strongly refute the allegations of bullying made against me. I believe the investigation was not thorough, fair or independent.

‘I will continue to represent the people of Oldham East and Saddleworth, and to hold this Government to account, from the back benches.’

Labour said in March that Miss Abrahams had ‘stood aside from her frontbench role while the Labour Party investigates an employment issue’.

But the MP said at the time she had not agreed to stand aside as shadow work and pensions secretary, and claimed she had been a victim of a ‘bullying culture of the worst kind’.

An investigation upheld the complaints made against her and found she had engaged in a pattern of bullying behaviour towards staff, it is understood.

Miss Abrahams has been referred to the disputes committee of Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee.

At the time of her suspension she issued a bombshell statement rejecting the allegations against her in the ‘strongest possible’ terms and turned her fire on Jeremy Corbyn (pictured)

At the time of her suspension she issued a bombshell statement rejecting the allegations against her in the ‘strongest possible’ terms and turned her fire on Jeremy Corbyn, accusing ‘certain individuals’ in the leader’s office of ‘aggressive, intimidating and wholly unprofessional’ behaviour.

A Labour Party spokesman said: ‘After a thorough party investigation into allegations of workplace bullying, Debbie Abrahams has been referred to the NEC disputes committee.

‘She has been relieved of her post as shadow work and pensions secretary.’

 

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