Labour suspend Ivan Lewis MP after misconduct allegations

Ivan Lewis has denied allegations that he sexually harassed a 19-year-old

Ivan Lewis has denied allegations that he sexually harassed a 19-year-old

Lewis was suspended from Labour on Thursday while sexual harassment allegations against him are investigated.

The party launched an investigation into the former minister's behaviour earlier this month after BuzzFeed News reported allegations that he touched a woman's leg and invited her to his house at a Labour event in 2010, when she was 19.

The Labour party has already withdrawn the whip from another MP Jared O'Mara, who represents Sheffield Hallam, over misogynistic and homophobic comments he made before he won his seat from former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg in June.

The party said last week that it had received a complaint about Mr Lewis's conduct.

In a statement, Mr Lewis said he was sorry if his behaviour towards women he worked with had made anyone feel "awkward".

A spokesperson said: "The Labour Party takes all allegations of sexual harassment extremely seriously".

Mr Hands wrote on Twitter: "Tough action from Labour leadership against Jewish Blairite Ivan Lewis - but just "a chat" for hate-filled "Ghetto Boy" rhetoric of Kensington Corbynista Emma Dent Coad".

Lewis also denied the allegations made by the four women, saying in a statement released through his lawyers that he "has always sought to behave with integrity", and apologised if invitations to join him for dinner or drinks "caused them discomfort".

Lewis, who has stepped aside from his role as joint lead on homelessness for Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham following the claims, told the MEN he "totally reject (s) the version of events put forward".

The investigation into Mr Lewis comes amid an ongoing sexual harassment scandal at Westminster, which has prompted cross-party efforts to provide better safeguards for MPs' staff and party officials.

Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party today suspended Mr Lewis pending the outcome of the investigation.

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