John Woodcock MP suspended over sexual harassment claims

Labour MP John Woodcock
Image caption Labour MP John Woodcock said he did not intend to discuss details of the issue ahead of any hearing

An MP has been suspended by the Labour Party amid claims he sent inappropriate messages to a former female member of staff.

Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock earlier said he was told in December that the complaint was being referred as a potential breach of the Labour Party’s policy on sexual harassment.

The Mirror reported that the aide felt uncomfortable and left her job.

Mr Woodcock has said he “does not accept” the allegation.

A Labour Party spokesperson said he had been suspended “pending due process” and added “it would not be appropriate to comment further on an ongoing case”.

Speaking before his suspension was announced, Mr Woodcock said the complaint had been referred to Labour’s national constitutional committee.

“I do not accept this but know the complaint must be thoroughly and fairly investigated,” he said.

Mr Woodcock said he has only spoken “in the light of newspaper stories” to make the situation clear to his constituents.

“I have not yet been notified of any date for a hearing and was following the party’s guidance that the process should remain confidential to reassure potential victims that they could make complaints without being exposed to unwelcome publicity,” he added.

“Therefore I do not intend to discuss details of the issue ahead of any hearing.”

A Labour Party spokesperson said “all allegations are fully investigated” and any disciplinary action is “taken in line with the party’s rule book and procedures”.

Mr Woodcock was first elected in 2010 and has been a fierce critic of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.



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