Corbyn critic Ivan Lewis suspended by Labour over sexual harassment claims

Corbyn critic Ivan Lewis suspended by Labour over sexual harassment claims

Ivan Lewis has denied claims of sexual harassment (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Labour MP Ivan Lewis has been suspended by the party over claims about sexual harassment.

Lewis, who held various ministerial roles in the last Labour government, has been accused of sexually harassing a 19-year-old girl in 2010. He has denied the claim but admitted his behaviour has been "unwelcome."

The woman has now filed an official complaint with the Labour Party about the matter, in which she claimed Lewis touched her leg several times and repeatedly asked her to come to his house, according to The Telegraph.

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

"Ivan Lewis is currently suspended from the Labour Party pending an investigation.”

According to The Mirror Lewis also sent inappropriate messages to aide Susie Mason in 2007 and he apologised for “bombarding” her.

The MP for Bury South, who served as a minister under Gordon Brown, has frequently criticised Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for his approach to anti-semitism.

During Labour's period of government between 1997 and 2010, Lewis held several roles including parliamentary under-secretary of state for young people and learning, economic secretary to the treasury and minister for care services.

He was appointed to the shadow cabinet but lost his position when Corbyn came to power.