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Silent Starmer no better than Met Police for ignoring abuse of women, says whistleblower

Former party staffer says Labour leader covered up allegations of sadistic and criminal abuse of domestic violence victims – and has still not even said a word to support the abused women

A whistleblower who repeatedly warned Keir Starmer about alleged criminal abuse of domestic violence victims by a right-wing Labour MP’s staffer and lover has compared Starmer’s cover-up to the Metropolitan Police’s decision to ignore multiple allegations against rapist officer David Carrick.

Elaina Cohen, who was wrongfully sacked by Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood after she blew the whistle on ‘sadistic’ and ‘criminal’ exploitation of vulnerable women by Mahmood’s staffer, won her tribunal case against Mahmood last year. Mahmood admitted she was very good at her job – and the MP did not contest any of the accusations made by one of the women on the witness stand about the way she and other domestic violence victims were abused and exploited.

Cohen repeatedly emailed Starmer and party general secretary David Evans of about the situation, but the pair took no action to protect the women or sanction Mahmood, who remained a front-bencher until it suited him to step down for his own reasons – a cover-up that led Cohen to describe the Labour leader last year as unfit to run the country. She also says that Starmer ignored antisemitism against her by Mahmood’s staff.

She told Skwawkbox today:

Just like the Met, Keir Starmer ignored multiple warnings about criminal abuse of women, in this case by an MP’s employee. Has he kept quiet because of his own situation in Perry Barr? He must be wondering how to get out of the personal mess he’s created for himself.

I would still like to discuss this with him but there has been not even a word of support from his office for the victims.

Starmer has so far not commented publicly on the Met’s failure to act against Carrick, who has admitted multiple rapes and sexual assaults. The former DPP has been accused of similar inaction over the Jimmy Savile case when he ran the Crown Prosecution Service – which has been denied on his behalf – and is currently sheltering at least two alleged sex pests in his Shadow Cabinet.

Ms Cohen’s outrage at the situation has led her to stand for selection against her former boss in the Birmingham Perry Barr seat.

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