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ANOTHER Labour Cllr Quits Over Bullying – Party Continues To Ignore Bullying And Racism Complaints From Victimised Members Across UK

THE Labour Party is seeing a wave of activists and Councillors quit across the country, all reporting that their complaints of serious bullying from party officials and fellow colleagues are being ignored.

Yesterday, Cllr Mandy Clare, who represents Winsford Dene, Cheshire, resigned from the party, claiming she had been bullied and prevented from speaking out about women’s rights and from raising concerns about ‘serial abuse’.

Mandy Clare - Labour Heartlands
Cllr Clare has resigned after her bullying complaint, like so many others across the country, was ignored by the party

Earlier this week, several Labour Councillors sitting on Newham Council also quit, citing the party’s failure to investigate serious allegations of bullying registered by 18 fellow Councillors against sitting Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz.

Cllr Pat Murphy, a long-serving councillor from Newham, said he had quit the Labour group because the party had not investigated the allegations, and that the Labour refused to accept requests to intervene or even provide comment on the matter.

“There has been nothing other than silence from the party,” Cllr Murphy added.

The serious allegations and resignations aren’t isolated to Newham and Cheshire, but are in fact just two examples from what has become a covered-up case of apparently institutionalised bullying and harassment in Labour branches across the nation.

From Blackburn to Peterborough, Scotland to Wales, Councillors are speaking out about intimidation and victimisation from their fellow colleagues, and how the national party and regional officers are ignoring their complaints or attempting to silence them.

I would still encourage Black people to go into politics' says Manchester  councillor who resigned | ManchesterWorld
Cllr Hutchinson resigned after accusing Labour of bullying and racism

In December of last year, several more Councillors raised concerns in various parts of the UK – only for their complaints to be completely ignored, and to find themselves bullied further, often to the point of being forced to quit.

Marcia Hutchinson, a Labour Councillor who was elected in Ancoats and Beswick, Manchester, resigned, alleging a toxic culture of racism and bullying.

Before her, Saima Afzal, a well-respected Councillor from Blackburn, also spoke out about being a victim of sexism and bullying by Labour colleagues, and of her frustrating battle to get Labour to take her complaints seriously.

Further Councillors quit for the same reasons late last year, from Croydon, Slough, and many other constituencies.

Former Blackburn councillor claims Labour did not act on bullying - BBC News
Cllr Afzal resigned after her complaints of bullying were constantly ignored

“They made my life hell!” said Birmingham Labour Councillor Zhor Malik, who had been a Labour activist since 1973 until resigning from the party last week and joining the Tories after accusing his former colleagues of bullying him and ‘acting like a dictatorship’.

Yet, when asked for comment on each individual case, the Labour Party offer up the same hollow quote to the press before sweeping the growing issue under the rug: “The Labour Party takes all allegations seriously”.

GMB Finds More “Institutional Bullying and Discrimination” in Newham  Council — OPEN Newham

Yet, as with their promise to take antisemitism seriously (only to recently readmit a long list of antisemites back into its fold), alleged bullies in the party continue to go unpunished, complaints are not investigated, and victims are further victimised.

Shockingly, the Labour Party is even failing to investigate serious complaints of racism, with Labour MPs Dawn Butler and Diane Abbott signing a letter demanding that Keir Starmer look into the THOUSANDS of racism complaints submitted by members against other party members – all of which were being ignored, and to date have still not been addressed.

BERCOW Inquiry Officially Finds Former Speaker Was A Bully And ‘Serial Liar’ – Now BANNED From Stepping Foot In Parliament

THE independent inquiry into John Bercow has not only resulted in his lifetime ban from obtaining a Parliamentary pass, but has branded the egotistical former speaker a ‘serial bully and serial liar’.

The Independent Expert Panel said “his behaviour fell very far below that which the public has a right to expect” from an MP, and that he had displayed “threatening conduct” towards staff, including verbal abuse, and displays of anger.

Lord Lisvane – a senior clerk in the House of Commons – was also ruled to have been one of many victims of Bercow’s bullying, with “repeated unfounded criticism… often made at length and at volume and included derogatory inferences about [his] upbringing and background”.

Rivals for Commons Speaker distance themselves from Bercow | Financial Times
BULLY: Former speaker John Bercow

They found that Bercow’s behaviour “was so serious that, had he still been a Member of Parliament, we would have determined that he should be expelled by resolution of the House”.

Mr Bercow appealed the original findings, but today the Independent Expert Panel upheld all 21 findings of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.

In response, Mr Bercow, who was denied a seat in the House of Lords, rejected the ruling, calling it ‘amateurish’.

Since leaving office, diehard remainer Bercow has joined the Labour Party, which claims to have a strong stance against bullying by any member. It is, however, unclear if Labour will suspend him or (true to form) brush the matter under the rug.

MEGHAN Bullied Members Of Staff, Close Advisor Reveals – Duchess Of Sussex Reported Over Conduct Back In 2018

AT least three members of Meghan Markle’s staff were bullied, with two of them being forced out of her service, a close advisor has revealed.

Ahead of her controversial and lucrative television interview with Oprah Winfrey, the Duchess of Sussex has found herself yet again mired in scandal – this time by her former employees.

Royal aides have hit back at the unpopular former actress by alleging that a formal complaint against her was made back in 2018, according to The Times’ royal correspondent Valentine Low.

Jason Knauf
Jason Knauf claims that the Duchess was reported for bullying back in 2018

The anonymous sources went to the newspaper as “they felt that only a partial version had emerged of Meghan’s two years as a working member of the royal family”.

Both the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have given an interview to their friend, the US TV star Oprah Winfrey, which  will air in what the CBS network calls a “primetime special” on Sunday, and will also be aired on ITV after the UK-based tv station paid millions for the broadcasting rights.

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The couple now live on the same street as some of America’s richest celebs

The complaint against Meghan – alleged in The Times – was made in October 2018 by the couple’s then communications chief, Jason Knauf who claimed that Meghan “drove two personal assistants out of the household and was undermining the confidence of a third staff member”.

At the time Mr Knauf was running the communications at Kensington Palace for both Prince William and Kate, and Prince Harry and Meghan.

He was also named in Meghan’s recent privacy case against the Mail on Sunday as the man appointed by the Palace to deal with the Duchess’ father Thomas Markle who had pulled out of the royal wedding in 2018.

Oprah's Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Interview: First Clips From CBS -  Variety
Meghan and Harry were paid to be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, despite claiming to have left the UK to avoid the media

According to The Times, Mr Knauf took the move to “protect staff who he claimed were coming under pressure” from Meghan.

The newspaper claims it has been told by a source that Prince Harry pleaded with his communications secretary not to send the complaint.

The Times’ royal correspondent writes that he was approached by sources who wanted to talk about the “turmoil” which existed between the time of Meghan’s arrival in 2017 and the couple’s decision to quit as working royals in 2020.

Lawyers for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex say that The Times is “being used by Buckingham Palace to peddle a wholly false narrative” before the Oprah interview.

And a spokesperson for Harry and Meghan responded to the story saying: “The Duchess is saddened by this latest attack on her character, particularly as someone who has been the target of bullying herself and is deeply committed to supporting those who have experienced pain and trauma.

“She is determined to continue her work building compassion around the world and will keep striving to set an example for doing what is right and doing what is good.”