Frazer Lake resigned as Fazakerley councillor less than three months after re-election – and tried to dodge blame for ‘devastating’ Ofsted report on Liverpool’s ‘inadequate’ services that put children in danger
Sharon Graham’s Unite has employed a failed right-wing former councillor as a youth officer – just months after the children’s services department he ran for Liverpool City Council was found by Ofsted to be so dangerously inadequate that children were put in harm’s way because of it.
Frazer Lake resigned as councillor for Fazakerley in the north-east of the city earlier this month – triggering a by-election not even three months since he stood there as a Labour candidate and promised Fazakerley residents his efforts on their behalf – because he had been offered an unspecified job by an unnamed union, starting immediately. He tried to avoid blame for the damning Ofsted report by claiming underlings had not made him aware of the scale of disaster in his department.
Now Skwawkbox can reveal that, according to sources inside the union, Lake has been employed by Sharon Graham’s Unite union as a youth officer.
This is not the first such issue at the union. A candidate backed by Graham in the union’s executive elections was subsequently found to have sexually harassed his wife’s carer and was ordered to pay her compensation – and stood despite being mired in the case at the time.
And Graham’s own tenure at Unite has been marked by a string of serious allegations, which neither she nor the union has ever denied – of abuse, cover-up and failure to protect women:
- that she attempted to have evidence destroyed in bullying and misogyny complaints about her husband, whom she now employs in her office despite a final warning from the union for his behaviour
- the union’s appalling treatment of Irish union legend Brendan Ogle has led to Ogle taking legal action over Unite’s ‘disgusting’ abuse and bullying following his return from cancer treatment. Ogle did not support Sharon Graham in the union’s general secretary election and the union’s conduct toward him led to protests during Graham’s recent Dublin visit, outrage among Irish politicians and even threats from a whole sector to disaffiliate entirely
- after her supporters failed in their bid to take control of the Unite executive despite ‘dark money’ spending on advertising, ineglible and racist members being allowed to stand and the alleged use of paid organisers in and following the exec election campaign, her faction has resorted to Starmerite tactics to try to discredit the executive members’ election of a new left-wing union chair and both vice-chairs, as well as the vital Finance and General Purpose Committee
In addition, she has been exposed behind the union’s decision to ban showings in Unite’s buildings of a film exposing racism, smears, rigging and abuse by the Labour right and has grown increasingly cosy with red-Tory Labour ‘leader’ Keir Starmer, despite Starmer’s lies, his contempt for democracy, his u-turns on promises to Unite members and his regime’s repeated blocking of Unite-backed parliamentary candidates.
Liverpool Community Independents candidate Jean Martin, who has deep roots in the community, is standing against Labour in the Fazakerley by-election.
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