Former front-bencher tells tribunal he told party leader about serious ‘protected disclosure’ allegations of abuse and blackmail
Skwawkbox has previously made exclusive revelations of the allegations made by whistleblower Elaina Cohen against another member of right-wing (then-) front-bench Labour MP Khalid Mahmood’s staff – including blackmail, abuse, theft, antisemitism and more – and that neither Mahmood nor Labour leader Keir Starmer took any action, despite Cohen repeatedly making them aware.
Cohen has taken Mahmood to a tribunal for dismissing her for blowing the whistle on the alleged criminality – and today, Mahmood has told an employment tribunal that he personally brought the allegations to Starmer’s attention.
Mahmood was objecting to Mrs Cohen’s multiple emails to himself and copied to Keir Starmer – which he admitted he objected to because they made him look bad – and told the tribunal panel that he told Starmer about the ‘protected disclosures’ himself and it wasn’t her place to do it. Cohen has also accused Mahmood of corruption, including theft from a charity and accepting cash from a foreign embassy and says that Starmer ignored those too.
Khalid Mahmood has denied ‘all allegations of impropriety’. Keir Starmer has failed, over a prolonged period, to respond to Skwawkbox’s requests for comment on his failure to take any action against Mahmood’s staffer or the MP himself, who remained on Starmer’s front bench until he chose to resign last year over policy disagreements.
Mahmood and his lawyers last week accepted, unchallenged, a long witness statement from one of the alleged victims of the Mahmood staffer’s abuse, blackmail, fraud and coercion, despite having the opportunity to cross-examine – presumably to prevent the tribunal panel hearing and seeing her give evidence in person. Mahmood appeared to admit under oath yesterday that he had commissioned an investigator to pursue Mrs Cohen rather than the other colleague, with whom he is said to have had a relationship, and has claimed that he was bullied by Mrs Cohen despite his being the employer while she was the employee.
Mrs Cohen has accused Starmer of covering up or ignoring accusations against factional allies, while instantly suspending or expelling opponents on far flimsier grounds.
Mahmood’s cross-examination continues. Skwawkbox is attending the hearing on behalf of its readers.
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