Politician accused of pulling aide's hair after discovering she was lesbian
Published 07/03/2016 | 12:40
A Labour MP has been accused of bullying her aide after she came out as lesbian.
Carolyn Harris, the MP for Swansea East, is said to have grabbed office manager Jenny Lee Clarke's hair, while a witness claims she heard a 'blood-curdling scream'.
Ms Clarke allegedly claims she was forced to take five weeks off work because the incident in November 2014 had left her shocked.
The 39-year-old also alleges that the hair-pulling was just a part of bullying that had started after Ms Harris discover the mother-of-one's sexuality.
She told The Sun: "It was horrible — she kept pulling and pulling, I think my sexuality is the main reason for the attack."
Ms Clarke also claims that she was offered a new job if she forgot about the incident.
Local councillor Paulette Smith, 66, told the newspaper that she had witnessed the assault. "I heard a blood-curdling scream. I saw Carolyn pulling her hair. I thought she'd gone mad," she said.
Ms Clarke lost her job on January 28 and has since taken her case to employment lawyers.
Ms Harris has responded by saying the allegation is "manufactured" and that Ms Clarke was sacked for "gross misconduct".
A Labour spokesman added: "Carolyn vigorously denies this allegation. It is town hall politics from a little place in South Wales. It's a nest of vipers."