CARDIFF JURY DISMISSES ALLEGATIONS OF DOUGHTY-BACKED WELSH LABOUR DEPUTY LEADER

The defendant Ms Jenny Lee Clarke worked for Carolyn Harris – a Swansea Labour MP who in April was elected Deputy Leader of the Welsh Labour Party . Allegations made by Mrs Harris have been dismissed by the jury and Ms Clarke has now been found not guilty .

The jury in Cardiff Crown Court today took only 90 minutes to find office manager Jenny Lee Clarke NOT GUILTY  of allegations brought against her by Swansea MP Carolyn Harris – Deputy Leader of the Welsh Labour Party . 

Ms Clarke has been found not guilty of forgery and fraud alleged by her former boss, the MP Carolyn Harris.

Carolyn Harris MP for Swansea East was backed by Penarth MP Stephen Doughty for election as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party in Wales  – and won that election in April this year. Mrs Harris is also “women and equalities spokesperson” in Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Shadow Cabinet – but Cardiff Crown Court heard she had made derogatory remarks to her office manager Ms Clarke who is gay.

Mrs Harris was elected Deputy Leader of the Welsh Labour Party after having been endorsed for election by Stephen Doughty (Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth) . However her version of events, given over several days in Cardiff Crown Court, appears not to have been accepted by the jury.

The defendant, Ms Jenny Lee Clarke (42) –  who had been the office manager for  Carolyn Harris –  was accused of having fraudulently  submitted a form increasing her annual pay from £37,000 to £39,000. Ms Clarke explained that she routinely put Mrs Harris’s name on paperwork – on Mrs Harris’s instructions – but had not forged her signature.

A jury at Cardiff Crown Court took less than 90 minutes to find Miss Clarke not guilty of both charges she faced.

The jury had also heard allegations that Mrs Harris had “clawed” at the hair of Ms Clarke  and had pulled out clumps – an encounter which was testified to by a Swansea Labour councillor who was an eyewitness,  but which was denied by Mrs Harris.

Cardiff Crown Court was told that Mrs Carolyn Harris MP – Deputy Leader of the Welsh Labour Party and Labour’s equalities spokesperson was a “homophobic bully” – an allegation which she denied.

Carolyn Harris MP is not only Deputy Leader of the Labour Party in Wales but also  the spokesperson for “women and equalities”  in Jeremy Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet . However the court heard that Mrs Harris had made derogatory comments about Ms Clarke  – who is gay –  and had referred to her office manager’s “dyke boots”.

Mrs Harris and Ms Clarke had originally worked together for a former Swansea MP Sian James – but, when Ms James had stood down from her safe Labour Parliamentary seat, it had been gifted to Mrs Harris. Ms Clarke had then worked for Mrs Harris.

Mrs Harris told the court that there was what she called “office banter” but denied ever having authorised a pay rise for Ms Clarke and said she could not remember saying anything about “dyke boots”  – but said that if she had done so, it would have been “banter”. 

 

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11 Responses to CARDIFF JURY DISMISSES ALLEGATIONS OF DOUGHTY-BACKED WELSH LABOUR DEPUTY LEADER

  1. Jp says:

    What about the Vale bin bag collection scandal PDN?

    • NewsNet says:

      We have covered the restrictions on black bin bags extensively and broke the story first on February 18th https://penarthnews.wordpress.com/2018/02/18/black-bags-to-be-restricted-to-no-more-than-2-per-collection/

    • Philip Rapier says:

      All over the UK we are witnessing the Labour Party purge itself of extremist “useful idiots” as Lenin called them.
      Naïve Westminster careerists who hate the Assembly should keep away from Welsh Labour internal politics or be man enough to compete and stand for a seat in Cardiff Bay.
      In my previous posts on this topic I predicted “there would be a few tears before bedtime”
      I confess I never expected as many as this.
      The previous holder of this seat changed the World as far as Human Rights are concerned. Thankfully it will take a lot more than this to undo their achievements,.

  2. Lesley Monger says:

    Mrs Harris sounds like a nasty piece of work!

    • The Tax payer says:

      Who would dress like that to go to the House of Commons. Just shows total disrespect for the country and she should not have been allowed in

  3. Chris David says:

    Is Harris picking up the Court and Lawyers bills? Some may say She and the other labour Louts like the VERY expensive Doughty cost us far too much as it is.

    • whatsoccurin says:

      I think even if she does it will eventually come from the “expenses account” funded by the public purse-the more we hear about the WAG-alcoholism,bullying,pervery,jobs for the “boyos”, limited workload etc, it does not seem worth the money.

  4. Chris Franks says:

    A MP is shown up in a court case and immediately the Assembly is blamed. How ridiculous. Is it honest for an element to constantly twist the facts in order to knock the Assembly. If any institution needs sorting out it is Westminster – anti Semitic rows, double dealing with ‘paired votes and a billion pounds to secure the ten votes of the DUP.

    • Dai Jones says:

      Chris,
      Don’t disagree with you regarding Westminster but it is worthy of noting the concerns raised regarding bullying and discrimination at WG. Barely twenty years old, this beacon of self determination seems to be plagued by age old behaviours. It’s not edifying and in focus, it’s embarrassing from people who are supposed to be our leaders.

    • whatsoccurin says:

      Have always respected your views but there has to be an element of “bringing the Assembly into disrepute”-there seems to be one “scandal” after another-if you look at the Simon Thomas situation, he lost his seat as an MP and eventually was elected as AM,between times he was “advisor” to Plaid Cymru’s Ieaunn Wyn Jones-do not recall that post being advertised!-Bethan Jenkins/Sayed used to get in all sorts of scrapes but now she seems to be a well respected AM.

  5. If Harris was in normal employment she would have been suspended by now pending investigation for bringing her employer into disrepute. I find it unsatisfactory that UK parliaments don’t operate to the same standard as normal employers in matters such as this.

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