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Claims against MP and wife rejected

A lesbian housekeeper who claimed a Tory MP and his wife tried to persuade her to join in a threesome with them has seen her case for sexual harassment and unfair dismissal unanimously thrown out.

Employment judge Roger Peters told the employment tribunal on the south coast that the events described by the claimant "did not happen".

The woman had alleged that the MP and his wife had sexually touched her and she had fled but the panel of three did not believe her saying that she had acted normally after the alleged incident and had confided in no-one, as they would have expected.

The MP and his wife, who can not be named for legal reasons, denied all the allegations and the former employee's claims of sexual harassment, unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal and unpaid holiday pay were all dismissed.

Mr Peters said that the woman's allegation that the politician and his wife tried to silence her two weeks after the alleged incident was "utterly incredible".

Solicitor for the woman, Dawn Gallie, said her client was sorry about the tribunal's decision and she would consider an appeal.

During the three-day hearing, the estranged partner of the woman said she had already exaggerated claims she was touched on the breast by a male colleague at a previous employer to get money.

She said in a statement to the hearing: "I believe she (the claimant) has concocted the allegations in her claim form to cause embarrassment to (the couple) and their family in the expectation that she will receive a financial settlement."

The woman said the politician and his wife were good employers who had been courteous to the claimant and to her, and she had no problems with them. She described her former partner as "aggressive" and liable to displays of "erratic behaviour", and said she had fallen out with other colleagues over the years at other jobs.

In a statement with his wife by his side the MP, who wept when the decision of the tribunal was announced, said: "We welcome the decision of the tribunal today. We have strenuously denied the allegations over many months. These allegations have been extremely stressful for my wife and I and my children and my family. We are now relieved that we can put this behind us."


From Belfast Telegraph