Ivan Lewis suspended Labour's as complaint about his conduct is under investigation
LABOUR'S former Northern Ireland spokesman has been suspended following a complaint about his conduct.
Bury South MP Ivan Lewis, who was a member of the Labour cabinet under Gordon Brown, is under investigation by party officials because of the allegation.
A spokeswoman said: "The Labour Party takes all allegations of sexual harassment extremely seriously. Ivan Lewis is currently suspended from the Labour Party pending an investigation."
Earlier this month BuzzFeed News reported that a woman alleged that the 50 year-old divorcee had touched her leg and invited her to his house when she was 19 at a Labour Party event in 2010.
A statement issued through his lawyers at the time said Mr Lewis had "never made non-consensual sexual comments or sexual advances to women".
He added: "However, I understand that a few women have claimed that my behaviour made them feel uncomfortable.
"I have on occasion asked women I work with out for drinks or dinner, or developed strong feelings for them, and I am genuinely sorry if this was unwelcome or inappropriate in the circumstances, and caused anyone to feel awkward."
Mr Lewis is one of a number of Labour and Tory MPs to be investigated after allegations of inappropriate behaviour. He served as shadow secretary of state between October 2013 and September 2015.
A swirl of sleaze claims saw Prime Minister Theresa May hold a summit with other party leaders to discuss new anti-harassment procedures across Westminster