Parliamentary scheme ‘is a failed Establishment project and should be shut down’: Elaina Cohen disregards attempt to silence her over scheme’s decision to absolve ‘Head of Member Services’
Whistleblower Elaina Cohen has reacted with outrage at today’s finding of the parliamentary ‘Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme’ (ICGS) that an official, who she says ignored her reports of horrific abuse of domestic violence victims by a parliamentary staffer, did nothing wrong.
Cohen’s recent tribunal against Mahmood – which ruled that she had been unfairly dismissed after making ‘protected disclosures’ about the abuse to Mahmood – and to both Keir Starmer and his general secretary David Evans – heard that the parliamentary Head of Member Services had been aware of Mahmood’s attempts to use a parliamentary investigator to find excuses for sacking Cohen instead of investigating his other employee and alleged lover, as well as of the original whistleblowing allegations.
Cohen turned down a six-figure offer from Mahmood to settle the case, because it would have prevented her speaking out. The case is now going to appeal.
Ms Cohen, who was warned by the ICGS not to talk to the media about its decision, told Skwawkbox that the finding was part of a ‘cover up’, along with the persistent inaction of Starmer and Evans despite repeated information to them from her about what was going on:
Everyone who is trying to cover up this establishment scandal conveniently forgets that the protected disclosures, of heinous criminal exploitation of women in unsafe situations, have not been acted upon . If Parliament’s Head of Member Services can get off scot-free for ignoring whistleblowing law when she was advising an MP and Labour takes no action against my ex-boss, what does it say about Parliament and the state of the CPS when it was under Sir Keir Starmer? If the Establishment is prepared to go this far to protect one MP, what else are they covering up?
The tribunal case earlier this year heard – in evidence that was not contested by Mahmood or his legal advisers – that domestic violence victims, under a supposed and now-defunct charity run by his alleged lover that was meant to be helping them, were:
- blackmailed into shoplifting and giving her their social security benefits
- made to take speeding points on their driving licence that they did not incur
- sadistically abused
- targeted on social media
- used ‘for the private entertainment of important people’
- berated for stealing the wrong jacket from a local department store
- made to fund meals for local Labour politicians
- made to ‘stalk’ Mahmood and report back on him
The tribunal also heard that despite these allegations, Mahmood commissioned an investigator against the whistleblower rather than the alleged perpetrator. Now the ICGS has decided that the Head of Member Services did nothing at all wrong.
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