Sunday, February 07, 2010

Jim Devine faces claims of bullying and harassment

Jim Devine, the Labour MP for Livingston, who is currently trying to prove that Parliamentary privilege means the Theft Act 1968 does not apply to him, faces another problem.

The Scottish Sunday Mail reports that the day before Divine is due to appear in court he will face an unfair dismissal claim from his former constituency office manager Marion Kinley. She worked for him between June 2006 and October 2008 and is taking him to an employment tribunal claiming bullying, harassment and unfair dismissal. Mr Devine denies all the charges.

She originally won a claim of unfair dismissal in August last year. You may not be surprised to learn that Devine failed to submit the forms required by the tribunal correctly.

He later challenged the judgment and was granted a review. It will take place in Edinburgh from 8-10 March, when Marion Kinley will present her evidence against him.

Devine is due to appear in court over his expenses claims on 11 March.

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