Media presenting story fundamentally at odds with facts
As the Establishment scrabbles to divert from Tory minister Mark Field’s appalling manhandling of a female protester last night, centrists are once again attacking Jeremy Corbyn’s closest aides.
Claims are being regurgitated from the beginning of this month that Corbyn’s chief of staff, Karie Murphy, ‘blocked’ the suspension of David Prescott after complaints from a female MP that she had been sexually harassed.
Just as when the stories were first circulated, they present a fundamentally untrue picture of events. The SKWAWKBOX is now setting the record straight.
The Establishment version
The gist of the establishment claim, fuelled by selective presentation – and misrepresentation – of stolen emails, is that a female MP tearfully complained about the alleged harassment and two other women had been similarly mistreated. The Murdoch Times claimed that Corbyn’s chief of staff, Karie Murphy, ‘blocked’ an attempt by party staff to suspend Prescott.
The simple run of events as they actually happened is very different from the media/centrist version.
The female MP spoke to Murphy and Corbyn and did identify two other cases. She was asked to make a formal complaint but did not wish to do so.
Prescott was immediately suspended from his party role, but not from his membership as there is a process that has to be followed.
The two other women mentioned by the MP were not prepared to give evidence and no one else could be found who could provide any information.
The email sent to Murphy suggested sending Prescott a ‘notice of investigation’ and not a suspension. Murphy said no, on the grounds that Prescott was already suspended from his post without any formal complaint and action could not be escalated further without any actual complaint against him. In legal terms it is acceptable to suspend someone from employment on a ‘without prejudice’ basis, but suspension from the party requires at least a prima facie case but there was not even a formal complaint.
Prescott has contractual rights as a party employee and was eventually reinstated when there was no actionable case against him.
A number of senior right-wing party staff wanted to suspend Prescott’s membership to rule him out as a potential parliamentary candidate in the Mansfield selection, but there was no complaint to justify such action.
The female MP continues to be supported by Jeremy Corbyn and his LOTO leader of the opposition) staff.
As of the time of publication there is no pending complaint against David Prescott.
Labour has been attacked for slow processing of disciplinary cases, but as the SKWAWKBOX exclusively revealed, right-wing staffers departing after the resignation of former Labour general secretary Iain McNicol shredded thousands of documents relating to ongoing cases, after making copies to release to the media.
Jeremy Corbyn and his staff at all times acted properly – but the scenario presented by the media is inaccurate and seriously misleading. It’s not the first time and certainly will not be the last.
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