‘Final warning’ despite two investigations finding him guilty of groping intern. Starmer’s list of shame in failing to protect women grows longer
Labour has let a sex pest senior staffer keep his job with a ‘final warning’, despite two separate investigation – the party’s own and an independent parliamentary probe – finding that he groped an intern twenty years his junior, after keeping the complainant waiting three years for an outcome. Politico has reported.
The victim, who says she feels ‘let down’ by the party, also said that sexual harassment is rife in Starmer’s party and that this had driven her determination to pursue the case.
Her account of wider abuse and the party’s cover-ups is backed up by evidence: Starmer is sheltering at least two alleged sex pests on his front bench and took no action against now-former MP Chris Matheson while Matheson was under investigation for ‘threatening’ sexual misconduct. Matheson ultimately resigned after being found guilty by a parliamentary panel.
And Starmer, along with his general secretary David Evans, covered up whistleblower Elaina Cohen’s repeated warnings that the lover and employee of right-wing MP Khalid Mahmood – then on Starmer’s front bench – was engaged in ‘sadistic’ and ‘criminal’ exploitation of domestic violence victims she was supposed to be helping.
Despite this record of shame, Starmer continues to boast that he will ‘champion’ protection for women and girls. The party said in response to this latest case that it ‘takes all ‘treats all complaints of sexual misconduct very seriously’.
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