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Emma Dent Coad: Derogatory comments by Labour HQ staff made ‘my blood run cold’

KENSINGTON’S former MP Emma Dent Coad told the Star today that abusive and misogynistic comments made by senior Labour staff aligned to the right of the party made her “blood run cold.”

She said that the “petty and vindictive” staff must be immediately suspended from the party and political positions.

As the Star reported on Monday, some senior management and HQ staff had joked about shooting and burning Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters, mocked Diane Abbott for crying in the toilets and insinuated Dawn Butler’s claims of racism in the party were untrue.

They also made spiteful comments about the appearances and mental health of left-wing Labour MPs, staff and members, and conspired to sabotage Mr Corbyn’s chances of winning the 2017 election.

The report shows that then Parliamentary Labour Party secretary Sarah Mulholland said: “That Emma Coad is a grade 1 tool” in a WhatsApp chat of Labour officials at the time Kensington recounts ran into the next day  of the 2017 election.

Ms Dent Coad, who won that election by 20 votes, said: “She had no idea who I was, so how could she make that analysis of me?

“It’s like the film Mean Girls, in that sheer nastiness was directed at people who they thought looked and behaved in the ‘wrong way.’

“But pathetic and puerile comments about me are nothing like the comments directed at black women MPs, which made my blood run cold.”

She also said that the report has “vindicated” her beliefs that Labour HQ had been working against her, by having not offered help to retain what was Labour’s most marginal seat.

Ms Dent Coad revealed to the Star last December that she also underwent cancer treatment just days before the 2019 election.

She said absence of support from Labour HQ made the loss to Tory incumbent Felicity Buchan, by just 150 votes, sting more.

Ms Dent Coad said that she initially believed that Labour’s system was too “disorganised and incompetent” to assist her, or that she should have been “saying or doing something differently.”

“It felt like I was hitting my head against a brick wall. But actually, people were not helping me because of my politics,” she said.

On the effect that the leaked report has had on members, she said that the Kensington CLP has been “mobilising like crazy” to urge the disillusioned to “stay and fight.”

Ms Dent Coad added that she would not rule out standing as a candidate for Kensington in the next election.

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