Labour sack frontbencher following bullying probe

By Alan McGuinness, Political Reporter
Debbie Abrahams has been sacked from Labour's shadow cabinet after an investigation into workplace bullying, a spokesman has said.
Ms Abrahams, who held the role of shadow work and pensions secretary, faced claims by multiple complainants that are understood to have been corroborated by several witnesses.
But the Oldham East and Saddleworth MP said she strongly denied the allegations against her and hit out at the investigation."I strongly refute the allegations of bullying made against me. I believe the investigation was not thorough, fair or independent," Ms Abrahams said."I will continue to represent the people of Oldham East and Saddleworth, and to hold this Government to account, from the backbenches."The party said back in March that Ms Abrahams had "stood aside from her frontbench role while the Labour Party investigates an employment issue".Ms Abrahams said she had not agreed to stand aside and claimed she had been a victim of a "bullying culture of the worst kind".
It is understood the investigation upheld the complaints against Ms Abrahams and concluded she engaged in a pattern of bullying towards staff.When her suspension was announced earlier this year, Ms Abrahams issued a statement rejecting the claims in the "strongest possible" terms.She also hit out at the Labour leadership, accusing "certain individuals" in Jeremy Corbyn's office of "aggressive, intimidating and wholly unprofessional" behaviour.
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A Labour Party spokesman said: "After a thorough party investigation into allegations of workplace bullying, Debbie Abrahams has been referred to the NEC disputes committee."She has been relieved of her post as shadow work and pensions secretary."
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