Employment Tribunal Awards ‘Ms A’ £435,000 Over Sexual Harassment at the Hands of Former Labour MP Mike Hill

Yesterday afternoon the judgement in Ms A’s employment tribunal case against Mike Hill, the former Labour MP for Hartlepool, was finally handed down. Ms A has been awarded compensation of £435,000 for Hill’s sexual harassment of her and the termination of her employment. Unfortunately for Hill, his defence lawyers have used almost all of the taxpayer-funded IPSA insurance policy cover, so the claim will fall on him personally. It is unlikely that he has the funds or assets to pay the award. Hill will therefore be facing potential personal bankruptcy. Ms A’s lawyers are also looking to claim against the Labour Party to whom she complained about the sexual harassment she was suffering, and who she believes did nothing to help or protect her. Co-conspirators may recall that the then Shadow Minister Kate Hollern had to quit Starmer’s front bench following testimony made to the employment tribunal that she tried to intimidate a witness as part of a cover-up.

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen accused Hollern of warning him not to get involved in the harassment case after the parliamentary staffer informed him of allegations of sexual impropriety. In her witness statement Ms A said:

“Andrew Bridgen called me to tell me that Kate Hollern had approached him in parliament and pulled him to one side. Mr Bridgen told me Ms Hollern tried to warn him off from helping me by using scare tactics. Ms Hollern said that many in the Labour Party were of the opinion that Mr Bridgen and I were having an affair and she advised him to keep away from me as it would be a shame if it got out in the papers as he had a lovely wife and new baby – Mr Bridgen told her she was talking nonsense and to go away.”

Hollern, still a serving MP, had to resign after Bridgen gave evidence for Ms A that Hollern tried to intimidate him to dissuade him from supporting Ms A. Speaking to Guido this morning Bridgen says:

“I am delighted that the employment tribunal has awarded Ms A considerable compensation for what must have been intolerable treatment by her employer. … It cannot be just that her award is not discharged in full especially given she was the victim of sexual harassment as a result of her employment in Parliament. If the award is not discharged in full it would also send a terrible message to any other member of an MPs staff who find themselves in a similar situation.”

The history of serial cover-up attempts by the Labour Party in this case is particularly shameful…

Download the full judgement: [PDF]

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Bridgen Withdrawing Boris No Confidence Letter

Guido understands Andrew Bridgen has decided to back down from his call for Boris to resign. At a Telegraph Live panel discussion tonight on “How Will History Judge Boris Johnson?”, Bridgen is expected to declare to Christopher Hope that he’s withdrawing his letter of no confidence to Graham Brady. In light of the war in Ukraine he will say he believes now is not the time to challenge the PM and hold a leadership contest. In, out, in, out, shake it all about…

It seems Bridgen has been plotting his great reversal for the last week or so; a co-conspirator overheard him in the tearoom mulling how and when to do it. Now he’s found the perfect moment. In fairness to Bridgen, he’s following Starmer and Douglas Ross in making this call in the last few days…

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Question Time Tory Voters Defect En Masse… Despite Party’s Attempt to Pack Audience with Supporters

Simon Hart will have had an even less pleasant experience on Question Time last night than most government ministers in recent weeks. Following a drawn-out discussion of the recent weeks’ partying allegations, and Fiona Bruce managing to find one audience member willing to speak out in support, the rest of the audience were given their chance to voice their opinion. Fiona asked if any previous Tory voters had changed their minds. You can see the outcome above…

This demonstration of why the Tories now find themselves 10 points behind in the polls is especially withering given three days ago Guido was sent an email from the Welsh Tories trying to pack the audience with their supporters:

“As you will know, it’s important to have a cross section of opinions in the QT audience. And it’s just as important that they should include the views of people like you.

So if you’re able to attend Shrewsbury on Thursday and you would like to watch the programme live, why not apply to be in the audience? Not only will it be a fun evening out, but you’ll be doing your bit to help keep the programme balanced.”

Last night, the Question Night flop doesn’t even enter the top three biggest breaking developments. For anyone who went to bed early, we saw: 

  • The Telegraph reveals No. 10 held two raucous late-night parties the night before Prince Philip’s funeral, where the Queen was heartbreakingly pictured by herself obeying the rules. They claim one SpAd – presumably from the Ministry of Sound – DJ’d, and some went to the Strand Co-Op with a suitcase to fetch booze. WIlf’s swing was also broken…
  • Sutton Coldfield Conservative Association’s committee unanimously voted no confidence in Boris – one of the largest and most Tory seats in the West Midlands.
  • Andrew Bridgen, a long-time Boris supporter, tells Chopper that he’s submitted a letter of no confidence to Graham Brady.

That New Year’s break to reset went well then…

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IPSA Launch Investigation into Liam Byrne’s Expenses

IPSA has opened an investigation into expenses claims by Labour MP Liam Byrne, after Guido revealed Andrew Bridgen had reported him to the body for “gross misuse of parliamentary expenses”. Responding to the news of an investigation, a guarded Bridgen said

“Allegations of the diversion of taxpayer funds for political campaigning are a very serious matter and strikes to the very heart of our democratic system.”

Popcorn…

During the West Midlands mayoral race Guido repeatedly questioned Byrne’s use of expenses, raising questions over whether any had been diverted towards his election costs rather than his parliamentary duties. In April Guido brought to light that Bryne’s constituency assistant was describing his primary role on Linkedin as “managing” Liam’s “campaigns”; and his former parliamentary “head of research” professed to having “developed local policy” for his West Midlands mayoral campaign.

Today IPSA announce their compliance officer has opened an investigation “to determine whether Mr Liam Byrne MP has been paid an amount under the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses that should not have been allowed.” They specify the investigation will focus on “Staffing and Office Costs in 2019/20″. In April a bitter Byrne denied paying any taxpayer cash toward the running of his campaign. Let’s see what IPSA finds out…

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Bridgen on Hollern’s Front Bench Resignation

Andrew Bridgen on Kate Hollern’s resignation from the front bench over her part in covering-up the Mike Hill scandal

“Hollern resigned this evening and issued an apology to me, she should really have apologised to the victim.”

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Shadow Minister Kate Hollern Resigns over Mike Hill Scandal

Shadow Minister Kate Hollern has quit Starmer’s front bench following testimony made to the employment tribunal into former Hartlepool MP Mike Hill’s behaviour towards a staff member. Earlier this afternoon Andrew Bridgen accused Hollern of warning him not to get involved in the harassment case after the parliamentary staffer informed him of allegations of sexual impropriety.

In her witness statement the victim said:

“Andrew Bridgen called me to tell me that Kate Hollern had approached him in parliament and pulled him to one side. Mr Bridgen told me Ms Hollern tried to warn him off from helping me by using scare tactics. Ms Hollern said that many in the Labour Party were of the opinion that Mr Bridgen and I were having an affair and she advised him to keep away from me as it would be a shame if it got out in the papers as he had a lovely wife and new baby – Mr Bridgen told her she was talking nonsense and to go away.”

During a virtual hearing today, Mr Bridgen said he was aware of the allegations and was told not to get involved. Hollern threatened him that the Labour Party would smear him as having an affair with the victim. At the time Hollern was Corbyn’s PPS…

If you want to help the victim get justice she has a crowd funder here.

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