Ivan Lewis suspended by Labour after complaint over conduct

Elias Hubbard
November 23, 2017

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.

IVAN Lewis has been suspended by the Labour party as the MP faces an investigation over alleged sexual harassment of staff and activists.

Lewis had apologised for behaviour in the past that had made women feel "uncomfortable".

The MP for Bury South has denied he had ever made non-consensual sexual comments or sexual advances towards women.

It is not clear whether it is the 2010 allegation which has resulted in the party's decision to suspend Lewis.

Greg Hands said the party was guilty of double standards over its treatment of Ivan Lewis. But he apologized if his behavior had been "unwelcome or inappropriate".

The allegations, that the MP denies, surfaced on the news website Buzzfeed earlier this month when the women concerned made the allegation and she has now confirmed that she had since lodged a formal complaint with the party.

He stood down last week from key role in tackling homelessness in Manchester after the allegations emerged.

Mr Lewis, who had a series of ministerial posts under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and served in Ed Miliband's shadow cabinet, is one of a number of MPs to be investigated after allegations of inappropriate behaviour.

A swirl of Westminster sleaze claims saw Prime Minister Theresa May hold a summit with other party leaders to discuss new anti-harassment procedures across Parliament.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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