‘Leader’ happy to take selfies with MP who accepted victim’s statement of abuse by staffer without challenge, as Starmer continues to turn ‘blind eye’ to abuse of domestic violence victims
Two days ago, Skwawkbox contrasted Keir Starmer’s claim to be a champion of domestic violence victims with the fact that whistleblower Elaina Cohen had repeatedly told him that then-front bench MP Khalid Mahmood was covering up abuse of domestic violence victims by one of Mahmood’s staff, with whom Mahmood was also said to be having a relationship.
Starmer did nothing: Mahmood remained on the front bench until it suited him to leave and he has never been disciplined by the party, nor even suspended pending investigation. The employee remains on his staff.
In May, Skwawkbox was almost the only media organisation to cover the fact that, at the tribunal case brought against him by Cohen, Mahmood and his legal team accepted – without challenge – the sworn statement of ‘Victim A’, one of the women abused through a now-defunct ‘charity’, that she and others had suffered sadism, threats, exploitation and blackmail to coerce them into fraud and criminality and into acting as entertainment for the rich and powerful.
Despite that undisputed evidence Starmer, along with party general secretary David Evans, still took no action.
And today, Mahmood has proudly tweeted pictures of himself and a grinning Starmer at a Commonwealth Games photo opportunity:
During the hearing, Mahmood told the tribunal that he had personally informed Keir Starmer of Cohen’s allegations – and Cohen emailed Starmer, Evans and the party repeatedly about the situation and about antisemitism she suffered as an employee of the MP.
Yesterday, Keir Starmer sacked MP Sam Tarry from the front bench for expressing an opinion in an interview that Labour should be supporting striking workers. Yet he took no action against Mahmood or to protect domestic violence victims or to prevent or discipline the antisemitism Cohen described.
In the US, they have a saying that ‘It’s ok if you’re a Republican’ to describe the ‘free passes’ given to right-wing politicians for their many misdeeds. It seems that in Keir Starmer’s eyes, it’s ‘ok if you’re a Labour right-winger’, even if vulnerable women are at risk.
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