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Labour in ‘bullying’ row as shadow minister steps aside over ’employment issue’

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Labour in 'bullying' row as shadow minister steps aside over 'employment issue'
Debbie Abrahams has stepped aside while the investigation takes place (Picture: PA)

A Labour MP claims she has been the victim of a ‘bullying culture’ after she stepped aside from her role in the shadow cabinet.

Debbie Abrahams has been temporarily replaced as shadow work and pensions secretary by Margaret Greenwood as the party investigates an ’employment issue’, Labour said.

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It is understood she has been the subject of complaints, although Labour has not released details of any allegations.

However, Ms Abrahams rejected the allegations and accused members of Jeremy Corbyn’s office of being ‘aggressive’ and ‘intimidating’ in a strongly-worded statement.

She said: ‘I refute the allegations that have been made against me in the strongest possible terms.

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She accused members of Jeremy Corbyn’s office of bullying (Picture: PA)

‘I will fight this spurious claim and do not rule out taking legal action.

‘I have had no details about the complaint, who it is from, the process or timescales. I have not agreed to stand aside.

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‘My treatment by certain individuals in the leader’s office over the last 10 months has been aggressive, intimidating and wholly unprofessional.

‘My treatment in the last week has shown a bullying culture of the worst kind. As such I am making a formal complaint to both the Labour Party and Parliamentary authorities.’

A Labour spokesman said: ‘Debbie Abrahams has stood aside from her front bench role while the Labour Party investigates an employment issue.

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‘Margaret Greenwood will act as shadow secretary of state for work and pensions during this period.’

Ms Abrahams was made shadow minister for the disabled by Jeremy Corbyn in 2015 and was promoted to the shadow cabinet after last year’s general election.

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