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.
The case was settled and Ms Cohen signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) as a condition of an out-of-court settlement, which bars both him and her from discussing the matter publicly.
Mr Mahmood’s costs of dealing with the claim were covered by insurance, which is funded by the parliamentary expenses system and made available to all MPs.
Well, yes, there’s he fun of a Jew and a Muslim getting it on, he employing her, then the religious discrimination allegation and so on. But the claim that using standard employers’ liability insurance (I think that’s right?) to defend the clam an then insisting this is taxpayers’ money? That’s going a little far I think, no? I mean, yes, suppose it is, but we don’t want MPs to be insured? Rilly?