The mainstream media reported yesterday that an investigation into Dudley’s right-wing Labour MP over allegations of abusive behaviour had been ‘dropped’. Austin himself announced the party had decided ‘no further action’ – and used the opportunity to criticise the party and to claim it should not have been investigating ‘people like me‘.
However, as the SKWAWKBOX exclusively revealed the case was concluded, rather than ‘dropped’. Austin had received a letter containing a formal warning and reprimand from the party’s chief whip, who wrote that he felt the matter should then be considered closed.
Now, in another exclusive, SKWAWKBOX readers can view the entire letter sent to Austin by chief whip Nick Brown:
The letter does more than confirm the reprimand and warning. It also states that:
- the complaints by party chair Ian Lavery and fellow MP Chris Williamson were just two of several complaints about Austin’s behaviour
- that Brown’s letter was reprimanding and warning him over all of them
- that Austin’s behaviour toward Lavery and Williamson was witnessed by other MPs
Austin was contacted for comment. He did not dispute that he had received this letter but claimed that he had not ‘accepted any reprimand’.
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