BBC: Lucy Allan Pulled Out of Interview “Because She Wasn’t Allowed to Veto Questions”

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What’s going on here then? Embattled bullying row Tory Lucy Allan has apparently pulled out of an interview with the BBC because she wasn’t allowed to veto the questions she’d be asked. BBC Shropshire report she was due to be interviewed for the Sunday Politics:

“The Telford MP Lucy Allan has pulled out of an interview with the BBC because she wasn’t allowed to veto the questions she’d be asked. The Conservative politician was due to be interviewed for Sunday Politics in the West Midlands tomorrow.”

Allan says she wanted to make “sure that malicious false allegations made by ‘aliases’ were not repeated as if fact on a mainstream serious political programme”. She now says the suggestion she pulled out over not being allowed to veto questions is untrue:

Curiouser and curiouser…

Lucy Allan Speaks: ‘I Was Silly… Stupid… I Understand the Rage’

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Bullying row Tory Lucy Allan, who spent the week before Christmas with her office phone unplugged to avoid journalists, has finally broken her silence. Allan tells her local paper she regrets screaming at a young staffer, saying she understands “some of the rage”. She makes no comment on allegations that she swore at another young aide and refused to let a third have the weekend off to visit a terminally ill relative.

“I think it is totally wrong to get angry with employees. It does not help anyone. Whether that is bullying I will leave for other people to decide. She was certainly shouted at and I regret that… I understand some of the rage”

Is that her rage or the rage of her constituents?

Bizarrely, Allan goes on to describe Guido’s story about her doctoring an email from a constituent to add a death threat as “interesting“.

“It was silly, not professional. Not what an MP should do. It’s maybe what Lucy would do but I am an MP now and you have to rise above it. I think it is an interesting story about social media.”

That’s one word for it…

Lucy Allan Disconnected

If you call the number for Lucy Allan’s parliamentary office this afternoon, the call does not connect.

If you call the House of Commons switchboard and ask to be put through to her, they tell you the phone line is dead.

Is she trying to avoid someone? Pick up the phone, Lucy…

UPDATE:

Ex-Staffer Calls on Lucy Allan to Resign and Blasts CCHQ

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Former Lucy Allan staff member Arianne Plumbly tells LBC her ex-boss should go. She also says Tory HQ did not deal with her original complaint adequately. Where have we heard that before?

Lucy Allan Rants: “Tape It and Give It to the Newspapers, Go For It”

The Sun has the full taped phone call between Tory MP Lucy Allan and young staffer Arianne Plumbly. She goes proper shouty-crackers around five minutes in. And rather foolishly gives the staffer permission to record the call and give it to the press…

LISTEN: Shocking Bullying Tape of Tory MP Lucy Allan

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Tory MP Lucy Allan, who is already under pressure after making up a death threat, is now accused of bullying several staff members in tonight’s sensational Standard splash. They have a tape of Allan screaming and swearing at a staff member, mocking her and threatening her:

“Listen — if you think you’re going to be clever Arianne you are going to come off worse. Please believe me. If you think you are going to be clever you are going to come off worse.

“I’m advising you to work as normal or resign. We all know you’re not ill. We’ve seen a pattern of it. You’ve taken three days off once a month for four months.”

“You don’t not turn up for nausea. What planet are you on. I’m sorry, “gum disappointments” or whatever you say — you just don’t not turn up for that.”

“By the way, if you think you can go to some sort of tribunal — you’ve got to think about your benefits here Arianne.”

“I actually have a life too, okay? And you have pissed, pissed around on my life. You’ve made it incredibly difficult.”

Former staff Katie Woodland goes on the record:

“She would scream, shout, throw her toys out of the pram, have a full-on two-year-old’s tantrum. You couldn’t have a conversation with her. She’d stand, fists clenched and barrage you with viciousness. If you are looking at a definition of bullying, she ticks all the boxes.”

Given how badly the Tories handled the Mark Clarke scandal, will they act swiftly to deal with Allan?

Have you been bullied by an MP in the workplace? Call Guido’s helpline 0709 284 0531

Lucy Allan Deletes Late Night Facebook Rant (Again)

Tory MP Lucy Allan has been under pressure since Guido revealed she doctored a constituent’s email to add a death threat. It’s fair to say she could be handling the ensuing scrutiny a little better. At around 11 pm last night she posted this regrettable status update on Facebook, making a series of allegations against local councillors and dramatically concluding: “It was never about me. You got that wrong. It was always about Telford”. The post has since been deleted.

Strangely, Allan claims in the post that it is all a “disgusting lie”, despite previously fessing up. You know how it is, you post a Facebook status late at night then regret it in the morning and delete your account. A word of advice from Guido: ignore the trolls and put down the keyboard …

UPDATE: She’s deleted this fightback video as well:

“I know I should not have engaged with these people on social media..” Just stop… 

Tory MP Doctors Constituent’s Email Adding ‘Death Threat’

Yesterday, Telford Tory MP Lucy Allan posted on her Facebook page an abusive email from a constituent she named as “Rusty from Dawley“. According to Allan, the final line of Rusty’s email contained the shocking threat: “there is no hope… unless you die”. This is Allan’s post:

Shortly afterwards, a Facebook follower commented on Allan’s post, revealing himself as the sender and claiming the MP had doctored his message and added the line “unless you die”. He strongly denied making the potentially criminal “die” comment.

Surely a serving MP would not doctor a constituent’s email?

Guido can reveal “Rusty“‘s email to Lucy Allan in full. It is relatively rude, but it does not contain the crucial “unless you die” line.

Allan has since deleted her original post. She has posted an explanation, admitting that she had edited Rusty‘s email and added the “unless you die” line herself. She claims she received the comment separately later on, yet she added it to Rusty‘s email anyway:

Lucy Allan denies she ‘doctored’ any email but tells Guido this morning:

“I took the unpleasant stuff from one of his emails and posted it on my Facebook to expose some of the relentless stuff we get. More stuff then came back by response, which I then added to my original post. I added more of the abuse received to my face book”

She would not say whether or not the “unless you die” comment also came from “Rusty“. So she edited an email from a constituent to include a death threat she says she received later on, from someone else. What on earth was she thinking?



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Quote of the Day

Tobias Ellwood speaks following his efforts to save PC Keith Palmer last week:

“I am heartbroken that I could not do more for PC Keith Palmer who gave his life in holding the line against terrorism and defending democracy. I shall be writing to the family of PC Palmer to offer my sincere condolences. My thoughts remain with his family and friends and with the loved ones of all those who were killed or injured in such a despicable act of terror.

I am deeply humbled and overwhelmed by the messages of support. I played only a small part that day, doing what I was taught to do, and am honoured to have been invited to join the Privy Council afterwards. It is right that we concentrate our thoughts on the victims as we stand side by side to protect all that we hold dear, including our precious values and way of life which will always prevail.

As the Prime Minister said in her statement to Parliament last Thursday – “We are not afraid. And our resolve will never waver in the face of terrorism.”

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