Roache responded “these allegations are entirely made up with the intention of totally ­discrediting me. The QC states, “I also heard that complaints were frequently dealt with by moving people or shuffling them out”. And the GMB are fishing to try and discover the identity of "the Sisters" rather than getting on with root and branch reform. What is significant here is that Cllr Crompton was, at the time, also an EMPLOYEE of the Party. However, after enduring the “fight of her life”, Lil recovered from the illness, but Doris passed away on January 5 – two days before her vaccination letter arrived. The anonymous “GMB Sisters” letter addressed to Barbara Plant and widely circulated on social media alleged that an official of the Union sexually assaulted/raped one of your MP colleagues. I shall be referring to the whitewash report of Karon Monaghan QC dated 31 August, 2020 and the page numbers from her Report are shown in square brackets. Is this wholly inappropriate behaviour something else you condone - especially given your previous position? An anonymous letter to the President of the GMB Trade Union (a woman) earlier this year claimed that an employee of the Union raped a female Labour MP. Melanie Dudley: Labour’s unsuccessful candidate for Dudley North in the December debacle. There appears to be an extensive cover-up of this sordid story by the Union and the Labour Party and it appears - at least from what is in the public domain - that there has been no police involvement in this affair either in respect of the alleged sexual assault or allegations of other serious misconduct including the alleged use of Class A drugs. Earlier this week, the 96-year-old said “there would not have been half as many death” if Boris Johnson had placed the country under lockdown earlier. I write with regard to (a) the relationship between The Labour Party and the “institutionally sexist”, “bullying” and misogynistic [4] GMB Union and (b) the role of you and senior Labour MP’s in dealing with an allegation of a “serious sexual assault (rape)”, “drug-use” and “predatory sexual behaviour by a senior man within the GMB” [7]. The sisters, who lived in ... two days before her vaccination letter arrived. It claimed that several GMB officials and Labour MPs were aware of accusations against the general secretary and “colluded in a cover up”. It is expected to entangle some senior MPs and union and party ­officials in what one described as “a scandal-primed time bomb”. (It is noteworthy that the Union did not back your leadership campaign but you still have to kowtow to them!). “We would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Sandwell Hospital for looking after her and allowing her great niece Kerry into the ward, so she could spend the last few hours with Doris at her bedside.”, The statement added: “Lil has fought so hard and I’m pleased to inform everyone that she was discharged from hospital on Monday, she was only told then of Doris’s death once she was strong enough to take the news, she is now being comforted by family.”. To the outsider there is precious little evidence of that too date and, in the unlikely event that members are stupid enough to remain in this repugnant union after reading this, they need to demand change and find out how much of their money has been lavished on pay-offs to errant officials and for the all these investigations. The reason given by the QC for this astonishing omission is that any investigation of this was barred by her terms of reference from the Union. She heard “much evidence of cronyism” and an “ingrained” drinking culture. We work to further women's rights at … You come across, to me at least, as a cold and calculating individual but maybe you have sought to assist the alleged victim privately? The whole thing smacks of the usual “lessons have been learnt” guff and the can of reform has been kicked down the road. Why don’t you ask the victims how distressing they found this? GMB Sisters is the campaigning and organising group for all women GMB members in London. There are, as you will know, seven employees of the GMB Union publicly named by “The Sisters” who it is alleged “have knowledge of the incident” and so why is there not, at the very least an enquiry by the Union itself? “Doris and Lil worked in factories and usually caught the bus together – they were often thrown off for singing too loudly.”. Sharing the sad news with viewers on Wednesday, a visibly-upset Piers said: "We start with some sad news we were made aware of a few days ago." The plain fact is - if GMB sisters had not passed a copy of their letter containing their allegations to the media - there would not have been an official investigation into matters - & this fact should concern all true trade-unionists. Contact ARRP Directly. Ms Monaghan not only stated that the GMB is institutionally sexist but stated: “Bullying, misogyny, cronyism and sexual harassment are endemic within the GMB” [4], “The culture in the GMB is one of heavy drinking and late night socialising, salacious gossip and a lack of professionalism.”. No doubt - given your pusillanimity in passing the buck re suspending Corbyn - you will say that all this is for the General Secretary etc but that is not good enough. The investigation was launched after the President of the GMB, Barbara Plant, received an anonymous letter from the ‘GMB Sisters’ making allegations of serious sexual assault and sexually … Whatever the position regarding xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx the ordinary members - many of whom are likely to be Labour supporters - have been financially raped by this shower. The report does not deal with the matters in the letter—addressed from “GMB Sisters” to the union’s president Barbara Plant—which had raised the concerns. Do you think that a Union ripping off members £164.40 a year to pay for all this is remotely acceptable and should Labour continue to take a cut of members’ dues  until the “fundamental reform” has actually occurred? With her vaccine letter arriving two days after her death… if you are offered the vaccine please take it, do not refuse it… Doris didn’t get this choice.”, Piers and Sussana pay tribute to Doris Hobday, who has sadly passed away, aged 96, Tick the box to be informed about Evening Standard offers and updates by email. 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While there is no scientific evidence to suggest that someone’s ethnicity makes them more likely to be infected by Covid-19, there is increasing evidence that living circumstances and job roles put certain ethnic groups at higher risk. Cllr Crompton (the current interim Leader who has steadied the sinking ship in the most difficult circumstances) soon found out the truth. Do you approve of party members making such obscene comments against employees and then lying to them about it? ), NE1 6PA                                                                                              15th November, 2020. I appreciate that it is not easy for a victim to report such an awful crime to the Police herself but Labour MP’s (quite properly) proselytise about the efficacy of so doing? Lilian Cox and Doris Hobday, widely known as the Tipton Twins, were the UK's oldest identical twins before Doris’s death shortly after Christmas. You don’t make me feel guilty about the messages that go unreturned or the phone calls that find me distracted at the other end of the line as I scrub yoghurt out of the toddler’s hair. During Wednesday’s broadcast, GMB included Doris in a moving memorial to “each and every single person who has lost their life from this dreadful virus". He has not replied. (PA/GMB/Canva) Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid has described the abuse she receives online as “toxic and horrible”. A statement issued in early January said the twins were “both in shock” after testing positive despite being “inside for most of 2020, sticking to all the rules and being careful”. Doris's vaccination letter arrived just two days after her death Credit: BPM Media "Come on Lil, come on Doris you can do this. (I should add that it is not alleged that any of the seven are themselves involved in any wrongdoing.) That is at least six Labour MP’s and I am sure there are many more who have heard the gossip or seen the social media commentary. You come across, to me at least, as a cold and calculating individual but maybe you have sought to assist the alleged victim privately? The anonymous letter sent to Plant, signed by “GMB sisters”, has circulated on social media. But what did he know of the appalling state of affairs with the Union since he never said anything? You are now seised of this information and whether the rumours of your local involvement are right or not you surely have a moral obligation and a duty of care to members and employees to finally listen to Eling’s victims? ... for Lil and for us here at GMB. "GMB Union Official Raped Labour MP" Claim. The letter that triggered the investigation was an anonymous one sent to Plant, signed by “GMB sisters”. I love you a lot, actually. Three female MP’s (none of whom are the alleged victim) Louise Haigh, Angela Raynor and Sarah Owen are said by “the Sisters” to “have knowledge” of this incident plus Jonathan Ashworth. GMB Sisters; GMB Sisters. Ms Monaghan states that, “the reality is that the culture and practices and culture of the GMB are so entrenched that a complete transformation if required”. There are further allegations relating to drug-use. There have been some very lurid allegations against Roache but that is for others to investigate. On Wednesday, Lilian – or Lil – gave her first televised interview without her beloved sibling, the morning after the UK hit the tragic milestone of 100,000 Covid deaths. 96-year-old identical twin has shared her heartbreak at the loss of her sister following a battle with coronavirus. Does that constitute bullying in your book? I comment in passing of his closeness to Tom Watson once they cosied up together. The Sisters say people at senior levels of the Labour Party and TUC knew of the allegations. “These things happen for a reason but it's not fair,” she said in an interview with the Sunday people. It’s been a while. Roache responded “these allegations are entirely made up with the intention of totally ­discrediting me. Again, this letter is not the place to discuss Eling’s catalogue of misconduct but as we are talking about maltreatment of women you should take time out to personally speak with three local Labour women and listen to how they feel about his behaviour: Cllr Olwen Jones: Eling and his sidekick set up a WhatsApp feed to attack his perceived enemies including Labour colleagues. At Congress free alcohol is available [52]”  I assume by “free” the QC means “paid for out of members’ dues”? In a specific case a person was investigated following “a serious incident of sexual harassment” and found to have committed an act of gross misconduct but a senior male within the GMB intervened and helped the perpetrator move to a new employer with a payment of £30,000 of Union cash. The feed suggested that Cllr Jones’s husband, also a Labour Councillor, should “spunk” over Cllr Maria Crompton “in her bikini” as that would be preferable to him “doing” his wife. The immediate trigger for the investigation was the receipt of an undated letter addressed to Barbara Plant, the President of the GMB. Well, not lately. Lil is now out of hospital and recovering, sadly Doris passed away on the 5th of January, just two days before her vaccination letter arrived. There's no bringing her back.”, Asked by GMB co-host Susanna Reid what she missed about her sister, Lil replied: “There was only me and her for how many years.”. The ITV breakfast show began the episode by displaying images of some of the victims and sharing their stories. Doris' sister Lil has set up a page to raise money for The Beacon Centre in the West Midlands in her memory. “Our thoughts go out to all the families who have experienced a loss through Covid, and we urge people to take this seriously. The letter contained allegations of a “serious sexual assault (rape)”, drug use and sexually predatory behaviour, by a senior man within the GMB. The QC wrote of the “sheer volume of examples of bullying, threats and victimisation” by the boys (and it is almost exclusively boys) running the Union [30]. PRESS ENQUIRY. The former GMB and This Morning guest and her sister were a hit with fans a year ago, and in 2019, as they repeatedly appeared on the show and brought their cheeky attitudes with them. GMB Union Investigation Findings. But other details of appalling behaviour within the GMB Union have been slammed by a QC and raise questions why the Labour Party is continuing to accept money and political direction from such a vile organisation. Spellar had refused to say whether he actually did so. The victim, the four above-named MP’s and yourself are aware of this allegation. Lord Sugar laid into Piers Morgan after watching him on Good Morning Britain today as All details on the site celebsbar.com The report says there have been “other letters”. On page 51 of her Report Ms Monaghan repeats her damning charge: “The GMB is a very masculine organisation in which misogyny, sexual harassment, bullying and cronyism are endemic.” The working environment within this appalling organisation can be poisonous and “horrible” where meetings can be held in an “aggressive” and “testosterone fuelled” way, and a bully-boy atmosphere prevails. Maybe there are criminal investigations going on behind the scenes which I do not know about (though see further below)? There is also “a demeaning and misogynistic narrative that women who do succeed in securing senior roles in the GMB have done so through having sex with a senior man” [55]. I cannot trace any public comment from you on any of this shaming saga. Being a wealthy QC yourself I do not anticipate that you will agree with me that, whilst the Report does make significant  recommendations for reform, it was a ruse to draw a line under the lurid allegations sinking the Union [see also Part 2 below]. How can a nominally socialist Party take money from an organisation which is financially shafting its own members? where the taxpayer is forced to pay the wages of a large number of Union officials. Ask her what happened at a funeral some time afterwards? (The role of Eling in the unlawful suspension of six secretaries at the Council is still unproven but perhaps YOU can identify via your contacts who the bullying Councillor  was shouting “I want the fuckers out and I don’t want the fuckers back”.). Perhaps you can use your influence to have them respond? I am shortly launching a campaign to scrap  Facility Time ie. "Sadly, they both contracted coronavirus. If you cannot give that commitment, why not? She showed an early interest in politics, even writing to political figures during her childhood. The anonymous “GMB Sisters” letter addressed to Barbara Plant and widely circulated on social media alleged that an official of the Union sexually assaulted/raped one of your MP colleagues. As a QC you will be familiar with the concept of selling your services for cash and having to jump to the payer’s hideous tune which is presumably why you have appointed such seemingly untalented GMB MP’s as Angela Rayner, Lisa Nandy and “Princess” Stephanie Peacock to your top team [sic]. With regard to sexual harassment by the Union of its own employees Ms Monaghan says women are warned that they may face disciplinary action if a complaint is made and not believed and that “this is particularly inappropriate in the GMB because making complaints of sexual harassment is anyway so difficult, and the risk of retribution so great.". The plain fact is - if GMB sisters had not passed a copy of their letter containing their allegations to the media - there would not have been an official investigation into matters - & this fact should concern all true trade-unionists. It is said that Spellar, who has done so much harm to the Borough, is heavily involved in trying to bring back the disastrous former regime in a Labour Council riven by civil war. The sisters, who lived in neighbouring flats in the West Midlands, were both admitted to hospital after contracting the virus. I suppose the first question is whether you are supporting misogyny and bullying in your Party despite your lawyerly posturing and thus in a position to comment? To my little sister, Lately my big sister game has been off. I believe [Watson's] relationship with [GMB female offical] started before he jumped onboard the GMB gravy train. In a statement posted on the twins’ Facebook page, which has more than 22,000 followers, their family said: “Shortly after our last post Doris and Lil’s health deteriorated very quickly. * I should add that ex-Cllr Eling tried to convince West Midlands Police to prosecute me after I exposed some of his misconduct and when he was dissatisfied with their response he wrote to your alleged mate Spellar asking him to intervene with the CPS. See terms, UK coronavirus deaths rise by 1,725 as 25,308 more cases reported, PM confirms quarantine hotels for travellers from ‘red list’ nations, How lockdown will be lifted as timeline unveiled for first time, Boris Johnson says schools in England won’t reopen until March 8, Wrexham AstraZeneca vaccine plant evacuated over suspicious package, PM hopes to set out a route out of lockdown in the ‘next few weeks’. Again, a woman was President at the time the terms of reference were framed so what on earth is going on here? 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