Debbie Abrahams MP sacked from Shadow Cabinet after workplace bullying investigation

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has been removed from her role as Shadow Cabinet Minister for Work and Pensions after a Labour investigation into workplace bullying.

Debbie Abrahams (picture thanks to © Pete Jones)

Mrs Abrahams was suspended from the role in March after the allegations were raised, but she has always strongly refuted the claims.

Now she has been sacked from the shadow cabinet – a role she took on in 2016 – by the Labour Party after an internal investigation.

The Saddleworth Independent understands thatmultiple complainants came forward, supported by several witnesses, and the investigation upheld the complaints.

It is understood the investigation found that Mrs Abrahams engaged in a pattern of bullying behaviour towards her staff employed by the Labour Party.

A Labour Party spokesperson 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.”

Margaret Greenwood took over temporarily from Mrs Abrahams in March and will continue in the role.

Mrs Abrahams responded: “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.”

Mrs Abrahams was first elected as MP in a by-election in Oldham East and Saddleworth in 2011, and was re-elected in 2017.

She is the first MP to have trained as a Dementia Friends Champion and one of her most high profile campaigns, ‘Be Fair – Pay on Time’, resulted in late payments to small businesses being included in the 2014 Small Business Bill.


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