A Labour frontbencher spent thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ cash in a legal row with his Jewish Parliamentary assistant after she accused him of religious discrimination.
Shadow Europe minister Khalid Mahmood was taken to an employment tribunal by his staff member and former lover Elaina Cohen – but the case ended out-of-court with a non-disclosure agreement.
The claim was covered by an insurance funded by the parliamentary expenses system, including separate legal fees and staffing costs to cover for Ms Cohen totalling £37,000, the Daily Telegraph revealed.
Labour frontbencher used taxpayers’ money to gag Jewish aide and lover who took him to tribunal
A Labour frontbencher used taxpayers’ money to silence his Jewish Parliamentary assistant after she accused him of religious discrimination, The Telegraph can disclose.
Khalid Mahmood, the shadow foreign minister for Europe, was taken to an employment tribunal by Elaina Cohen, his assistant and former lover.
How taxpayer was handed £40,000 bill after MP’s love affair ended in discrimination claim
Khalid Mahmood’s 17-year relationship with Elaina Cohen, his parliamentary assistant, proved controversial from the very beginning.
They went from being “tempestuous” lovers to parliamentary colleagues, and were embroiled in the MPs’ expenses scandal over stays in a five-star hotel.
Now The Daily Telegraph reveals that Mr Mahmood was taken to an employment tribunal by Ms Cohen, who is Jewish, on grounds of religious discrimination.