Angela Eagle's local Labour party suspended over 'intimidation' claims

Posted On: 
20th July 2016

Labour party bosses have suspended Angela Eagle's local Labour party branch amid claims she has been subjected to "intimidation and homophobia".

Angela Eagle has welcomed the investigation into claims of bullying and intimidation
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The move comes just days after a brick was thrown through a window of the former Labour leadership candidate's constituency office in Wallasey in Merseyside.

It also emerged that Ms Eagle's staff had received threats.

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A North West Labour party spokesman said:  “Any complaints of bullying or intimidation and allegations of misconduct are always taken very seriously."

Ms Eagle, who is gay, said: "Bullying, intimidation, misogyny and homophobia have no place in the Labour party and it is right that the national Labour party now investigate this behaviour.

"I hope that the issues can be resolved, and that we can have an active, inclusive and effective local Labour Party that can tackle the real problems faced in our local community."

Jeremy Corbyn last week "utterly condemned" the brick attack on Ms Eagle's office, which occurred shortly after she announced she was challenging him for the Labour leadership.

He said: “As someone who has also received death threats this week and previously, I am calling on all Labour party members and supporters to act with calm and treat each other with respect and dignity, even where there is disagreement.

“I utterly condemn any violence or threats, which undermine the democracy within our party and have no place in our politics.”

Ms Eagle announced last night that she was withdrawing from the Labour leadership race and would instead be backing her former Shadow Cabinet colleague Owen Smith.