Labour MP Kelvin Hopkins was suspended following allegations that he sexually harassed a Labour activist and sent her inappropriate text messages, the Telegraph reported late Thursday.
Hopkins, 76, an MP for Luton North since 1997, will lose his party membership and will no longer be sent party voting instructions — known in British parliamentary language as “losing the whip” — pending investigation.
Hopkins’ accuser, Ava Etemadzadeh, told the Telegraph that he rubbed himself against her at a Labour event in 2014, and sent her inappropriate text messages the following year. Etemadzadeh also accused the Labour leadership of not acting when she complained about Hopkins’ behavior in 2015 and said the party promoted Hopkins to the shadow cabinet while aware of the allegations against him.
She said: “I know the Leader’s office was informed and they didn’t act on it, which is absolutely disgraceful. [Hopkins] was then promoted to the shadow cabinet.”
The party said in a statement: “The Labour party takes all such complaints extremely seriously and has robust procedures in place to deal with them.”
Labour suspended Jared O’Mara, an MP from Sheffield Hallam, last week after he was accused of verbally abusing a woman at a nightclub months before his election in June this year. Former British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon resigned earlier this week after he was accused of inappropriate behavior.