Senior Labour frontbencher sacked over bullying claims
A Corbyn ally and senior frontbencher for Labour has been sacked 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 bench.”
In other disciplinary matters, Labour backbencher John Woodcock was suspended from the party last weekover alleged sexual harassment claims, which he denies.
The Barrow MP, a fierce critic of Corbyn, has also questioned the “integrity of the process” that led to the charges against him being made public during a “politically charged time”.
Fellow MPs Kelvin Hopkins and Ivan Lewis have also had the party whip withdrawn in recent months pending similar investigations into alleged sexual misconduct, while Jared O’Mara was suspended over offensive blog posts.