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Labour MP sacked from shadow cabinet over workplace bullying claims

Labour MP sacked from shadow cabinet over workplace bullying claims
Debbie Abrahams said she will continue to hold the Government to account from the back benches (Picture: Empics Entertainment)

Labour has sacked its shadow work and pensions secretary following an investigation into workplace bullying.

Debbie Abrahams had previously taken time away from her role as a party inquiry took place.

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At the time, Labour described the allegations against Ms Abrahams as an employment issue.

Meanwhile, Ms Abrahams said she had not agreed to stand aside and claimed she was a victim of a bullying culture of the worst kind.

The Oldham East and Saddleworth MP has now been removed from the front bench, a party spokesman said.

Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Debbie Abrahams speaks during the Labour Party conference in Brighton. Picture date: Monday September 25th, 2017. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment.
She denied the bullying claims (Picture: Empics Entertainment)

In a statement, Labour said: After a thorough party investigation into allegations of workplace bullying, Debbie Abrahams has been referred to the NEC disputes committee.

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She has been relieved of her post as shadow work and pensions secretary.

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In response, Ms Abrahams said she did not accept the claims against her.

She said: I strongly refute the allegations of bullying made against me. I believe the investigation was not thorough, fair or independent.

I will continue to represent the people of Oldham East and Saddleworth, and to hold this Government to account, from the back benches.

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