Dis­abled worker quit after clash with shamed MP

Daily Mail - - Brexit In Crisis - By An­drew Levy

A DIS­ABLED woman quit her job for dis­graced MP Fiona Onasanya after they clashed when she cor­rected her boss, a tri­bunal heard yes­ter­day.

Jan Good­e­nough, who has mul­ti­ple scle­roris, arthri­tis, heart prob­lems, fa­tigue, in­con­ti­nence and ir­ri­ta­ble bowel syn­drome, was also told to use the men’s toi­lets be­cause the ladies was too far away.

She told the hear­ing that Miss Onasanya’s con­stituency of­fice was un­suit­able for any­one with her med­i­cal con­di­tions.

Mat­ters came to a head after a ‘per­son­al­ity clash’ with the 35year-old for­mer Labour MP, who still wears an elec­tronic tag after be­ing jailed for three months for ly­ing about a speed­ing of­fence.

Of­fice man­ager Robert Grayson said there was a ‘heated dis­cus­sion’ after Miss Good­e­nough ‘cor­rected Fiona in front of a con­stituent’. Miss Good­e­nough told the em­ploy­ment tri­bunal at Cam­bridge County Court that the MP said the word ‘el­i­gi­ble’ as ‘il­leg­i­ble’. She added: ‘She said it about seven times. I had a notepad and wrote “El­i­gi­ble, not il­leg­i­ble” and un­der­lined it. The notepad was up­side down and across the ta­ble from a woman who had cataracts. I did not say any­thing.’

Miss Onasanya ac­cuses Miss Good­e­nough of say­ing: ‘If you don’t speak prop­erly, peo­ple won’t

‘El­i­gi­ble, not il­leg­i­ble’

un­der­stand what you are say­ing.’ But Miss Good­e­nough, said they had a ‘mildly heated dis­cus­sion’ after the con­stituent left.

Miss Good­e­nough, a case worker at the of­fice in Peter­bor­ough, said the MP took of­fence and ‘in­sisted’ she started work­ing full time, which would have been ‘ in­com­pat­i­ble’ with her health. She quit after two months in the job.

Miss Good­e­nough dis­closed her ill­nesses dur­ing her job in­ter­view. But on start­ing in Septem­ber 2017 she found there were no fe­male loos on the first floor where she worked. She had to go to the ground or se­cond floors, or the dis­abled toilet on the third floor.

Hear­ing that Mr Grayson told her she could use the gents in an emer­gency, Judge Michael Ord said: ‘No fe­male staff should ever be asked to use the male toi­lets.’

After serv­ing 28 days in jail this year, Miss Onasanya re­fused to quit as an MP and is now an in­de­pen­dent after Labour threw her out. The tri­bunal con­tin­ues.

Row: Fiona Onasanya at court yes­ter­day, wear­ing a tag un­der her boot

Re­signed: Jan Good­e­nough

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