Campaign chair Streeting and campaign director Kennedy both subject of earlier allegations
Labour leadership hopeful Jess Phillips has appointed two people to run her campaign who have both previously been accused of abusive behaviour toward black women.
A former Tom Watson staffer last year accused Baroness Alicia Kennedy of racial discrimination, harassment and bullying and also claimed that she had been made redundant because of her ethnicity. The case was filed and accepted by the Central London Employment Tribunal.
Kennedy has been appointed as the Phillips campaign director.
Alicia Kennedy denied any wrongdoing, describing the allegations at the time as “untrue and highly damaging”. The SKWAWKBOX has been unable to find any indication that the case has been resolved and the Central London Employment Tribunal has not answered calls.
The Labour Party declined to comment, saying that it does not comment on ‘staffing matters’.
Jess Phillips has also made parliamentary colleague Wes Streeting her campaign chair.
In 2018, Streeting was accused by MPs and others of ‘disgusting and disgraceful’ behaviour toward Labour front-bencher Diane Abbott. Witnesses said that he confronted the ‘shell-shocked’ Shadow Home Secretary ‘in her personal space’ in a parliamentary corridor, shouting at her in an ‘aggressive rant’ also described as ‘bullying’, ‘intimidating’ and ‘very threatening’.
Witnesses also said that Streeting had to be moved away from Abbott by a fellow MP with a hand on Streeting’s arm.
Streeting denied the allegations, taking to Twitter to describe the article as lies ‘with no sources’ and threatening to take legal action:
The SKWAWKBOX subsequently published the witness comments gathered by its legal team:
Streeting’s lawyers did write to the SKWAWKBOX, which responded publicly as well as to them. The article remains online. The threatened legal action did not proceed further.
Jess Phillips’ office did not respond to a request for comment on these matters. As the SKWAWKBOX revealed earlier today, the MP has also appointed to a senior campaign position a Wes Streeting staffer who in 2018 pleaded guilty to breaking electoral law.
Baroness Kennedy did not respond to a request for comment sent yesterday.
The SKWAWKBOX needs your support. This blog is provided free of charge but depends on the generosity of its readers to be viable. If you can afford to, please click here to arrange a one-off or modest monthly donation via PayPal or here for a monthly donation via GoCardless. Thanks for your solidarity so this blog can keep bringing you information the Establishment would prefer you not to know about.
If you wish to reblog this post for non-commercial use, you are welcome to do so – see here for more.