‘Questions need to be asked’ about Labour cover-up of whistleblower’s allegations of criminal abuse by MP’s staffer
Whistleblower Elaina Cohen has won her unfair dismissal tribunal against Labour right-winger Khalid Mahmood – and the tribunal judgment published today confirms that she made ‘protected disclosures’ to Mahmood, Keir Starmer, David Evans and the party about the horrific abuse of vulnerable domestic violence victims by a staffer with whom Mahmood was allegedly in a relationship. For full details of the tribunal hearings, see this section.
The tribunal also found that she had suffered damage as a result of Mahmood’s treatment of her.
Ms Cohen, who is Jewish and whose complaints of antisemitism were also ignored by the party, told Skwawkbox that she was ‘over the moon’ with the judgment:
I’m relieved and over the moon that the tribunal agreed I was unfairly dismissed by Khalid Mahmood MP and suffered detriment. My lawyers are looking at the judgment in detail, but there is no doubt now that the protected disclosures were genuine and that Keir Starmer, Khalid Mahmood and West Midlands Police turned their back on victims of crime and abuse.
Questions need to be asked and in due course I will consider what else I can do to further bring justice to these women whose ordeal was ignored.
Vulnerable women, including domestic violence victims and LGBT+ people were put at risk by the party choosing to cover up my disclosures. Keir Starmer can now have no credibility as a political figure who claims to prioritise the protection of victims.
As Skwawkbox exclusively revealed, Ms Cohen repeatedly made Keir Starmer and Labour general secretary David Evans aware of the abuse Asian women suffered through a now-closed ‘charity’ supposedly set up to protect victims of domestic violence, which included blackmail, threats and coercion to commit fraud and other criminal acts. Neither took action, nor have they ever commented on the cover-up. Khalid Mahmood remained for months on Starmer’s front bench and has never been disciplined by the party or even administratively suspended pending investigation.
Keir Starmer has been enjoying photo opportunities and free junkets with Mahmood in Birmingham this week at the Commonwealth Games.
Full details of the judgment are awaited. Skwawkbox understands that Ms Cohen will be appealing the tribunal’s finding that she was not dismissed directly because of her whistleblowing.
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