Ivan Lewis suspended Labour's as complaint about his conduct is under investigation

Former shadow secretary of state Ivan Lewis been suspended by the Labour Party

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

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