Vote was 61-1-1, Hamilton West MP has not decided if he will continue as an Independent.
Speaking to media after the vote, Sharma said:
‘No one wanted to talk about how we’d arrived at that point – the fact I had some serious concerns regarding bullying. the fact that I’ve said there needs to be an independent investigation, first of all against the person who’s bullied me, but also an independent investigation against me, if anyone has raised any serious concerns from my side.
‘When I tried to present the facts of the employment issues, and I just want to clarify right from the beginning that I was the one who raised concerns about my staff, not the other way around. The whips got involved because I raised concerns regarding my staff, and that’s when the bullying from the whips started.
‘In some ways it was expected.
‘The simplest two questions I keep repeating are why isn’t there an independent investigation against me to see if I have actually bullied staff as people have claimed, and why isn’t there an independent investigation against Kieran McAnulty? Because he should also get the chance to clear his name. From my end, things are black and white, all the evidence is there.’